Stella Mwangi & Lauryn Hill:

Born in September 1986, Stella Mwangi aka STL realized her potential in music at the age of Six. Her interest in music resulted from racial discrimination she was subjected to following her family’s move from Kenya to Norway in 1991. Music made her feel good about herself and at the age of eight she could relate to Public Enemy, Queen Latifah, NWA and Salt & Pepper . In 1998, she worked with an African Youth group known as “The Rise” where they produced an album called “Maroon” which was released in Norway 2002 and had among its tracks the single ‘All about the Benjamin’. See details on http://www.theriseproject.com In 2005 STL and “The Rise” performed for Nelson Mandela while he was in Norway for an AIDS eradication campaign.

Since 2002, STL has been working with two production team; Rumblin Music and JayArr Music. Her Break into the African Hip Hop scene came in 2005 when she worked with a Senegalese Hip Hop group called Wagable in their Debut album, Senegal, produced by Rumblin Music. She was featured in two of their songs ‘Babylon’ and ‘Do it’ which topped the charts in Senegal and Gambia for several weeks. The album scooped the Best album of the year in Senegal for 2005. In Kenya STL has worked with top Hip Hop artists such as Mishelle, Abbas Kubaff ,Kantai and reggae artist Ousman. In 2006 she got five nominations in the Chaguo La teeniz Awards in Kenya. Then she had been in the Kenyan music scene for only three months. Though she did not win, it propelled her to win in the KISIMA Awards three months later for the Best new and Promising artist.

In December 2006, STL had a performance with MTV Alert in Nairobi, Kenya. She has curtain raised for International artists like Angelique Kidjo, Common, Talib Kweli, Slick Rick, Dead Prez and Public Enemy during their shows in Norway. Her songs, “Crazy”, “Feeling Love” and “Swing”, which she featured on produced by JayArr, was picked by the Position Music and Choice Tracks (based in L.A) as a soundtrack for the films Save the last dance 2, American pie 5, Redline and the series; CSI (New York) , LasVegas, Ghost whisperer and Army Wives. The summer of 2007, STL has had shows on festivals in Norway while working on her Debut album and is now out with the single ‘Take it back’ and it’s music video in Norway and in east Africa. STL is a hard working artist and is determined in realizing her dream as an international Hip Hop Artist.

Her debut album called ‘The Dreamer’ was released in 2008.

Read more on her website .http://www.stellamwangi.com/

 

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4 thoughts on “Stella Mwangi & Lauryn Hill:

  1. Hoa re you mwiguithania

    I,m Charles STL’s representative in africa. Thank you for the good work. As I read through what you’ve written about STL I noticed a slight error in the name of her Album. The album goes by the title Living for Music.
    Thank you so much and God bless your work

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    Thank you Charles for the clarification. Good work

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  3. STL among the MGP semifinalists for the Eurovision
    Stella Mwangi aka STL has been announced among the Norwegian semi-finalist of the Melodi Grand Prix. The announcement was made by the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK. STLs submission is a yet to be released song haba haba which is mostly influenced by Stella’s African background. The song will be released in January 2011, and will be the first single from her yet to be titled album scheduled to be released in May 2011.
    Stella will compete on January 29th and if she wins, she will compete in the Norwegian finals for the coveted slot in the Eurovision song contest. The finals will be held in Spectrum Oslo in February next year.
    Eurovision is a song competition that involves 51 countries from Europe and each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries’ songs to determine the most popular in the competition.

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