Kenyan rapper based in Norway STL whose real name is Stella Mwangi has been selected as Norway’s representative for the TV reality show, Eurovision song contest.
STL’s Swahili single Haba Haba won with an overwhelming vote of 280,217 votes with the closest rival Dance Tonight by The Black Sheeps managing 155,059 votes only.
Now, Haba Haba knocked
Norway will compete against Albania, Finland, Georgia, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Armenia, Poland and Turkey in the first semi-final on May 10, in Dusseldorf, Germany. 25 countries will compete in the final taking place on May 12.
The Favourite hitmaker has worked with artists like Busta Rhymes, Rick Ross and Flo-Rida told Norwegian reporters, “Music means everything to me,” she added, “Maybe I’ll make a trip back to Kenya before the (Eurovision) finals, just to talk with my aunts and both by grandmothers.”
Her song Haba Haba centers heavily on what her grandmothers told her as a young girl, that she could be whatever she wants to be. The song is an energetic pop number full of African rhythm and enthusiasm. “I am so grateful for all the votes, I’m so glad I get to represent Norway with what I burn for,” she told reporters after digesting the fact that she had won.
Haba Haba is the first Swahili song that has been performed on the Eurovision stage. Some of STL’s songs have been used as soundtracks in films like American Pie, Save the Last Dance, and CSI New York.