STL real/full name Stella Mwangi, She was Born on September 1986, STL is Kenyan-Norway female artiste, she realized her potential in
music at the age of Six. Crossing Boundaries With Music Award AFRIMMA AWARD 2016 Nominees.
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 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.
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.
Official website: http://stellamwangi.com/