Posted in Artist Profiles, Female Emcees, Kenya

Stella Mwangi Review and Bio

Review: I love her music!! She gives off great vibes and I love the way she dresses and the sound of her music. The first song I played of hers I caught myself dancing to it. She has a great voice that I feel can grab just about anyone’s attention. Her beats are usually upbeat so they make it easy for you to just want to jump up and dance. When I first read about her I was not for sure on how I would like her music not because she was a woman but because it was so hard for me to find a African Women artist. And when I did find a couple they were not what I wanted to hear so that made me second guess her talents also. I am glad to say she did prove me wrong because she is good at what she does. Her song “Hakuna Matata” in my opinion is a really good song. She grabbed my attention right away. The first thing that made me want to listen to it was because the name of the song. Usually most Americans when they hear Hakuna Matata they automatically think of the Lion King. That movie is a childhood favorite of almost everyone so I did not want to be disappointed with the song. And like I assumed I was not by far. Her up-tempo beat is what pulled me in and her voice is what kept me listening.
Bio: Stella Mwangi born to the name Stella Nyambura Mwangi  but now better known by her stage name STL. She was born September 1st 1986 in Nairobi, Kenya. Stella Mwangi is not only a hip hop artist but she is also in a way a conscious artist. She talks about the struggles happening in her home country in her songs. She does not forget where she comes from. She also talks about the discrimination her and her family deals with in present day. She did not have the easiest life being that he father was killed in a hit and run accident. She did not live in Kenya for a very long time she moved to Norway at the young age of 5. She can speak Norwegian but her father did not let them forget their African heritage and so they were required to know Gikuyu and Swahili. That in the long run helped her because she can go back to where she was born and understand the people better than if she would have never learned her native language. He father used cultural music and poetry to teach them the language which later in life inspired Stella Mwangi’s music and her connection to Kenyan culture.

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