When you do a remix, it’s all worth it if you go all out. Stella knows what to do and on this new single she enlists Sinzu (Nigeria), Jay (Kenya), Kanja The Afrikan King (US-Kenya), Big Trill (Uganda) and Mwana FA (Tanzania) for an African remix that has literally made blogs go nuts over the song.
The track rocks hard, lovin the beat and the guest features all kill it. Banger for real. Turn it up.
Who killed it on this star-studded remix.
Listen to the track below:
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Man I love this chile I don’t know what to do about it, this is getting insane. Right now the love has changed from wanting to be with her like a chile to just waiting and hogging the comp waiting for her new tracks to drop. To be honest I wasn’t really feeling that Haba haba track but when this track dropped on my laps a few weeks ago I just fell off my chair. The thing I love about STL owe sorry I mean Stella (it seems she is dropping the STL) is that she just understands her capabilities as an artist. She understands her brand, she understands her market and more importantly she understands me as a consumer and as a fan.
The world has gone pop, which in Kenya and other parts of the world they call this type of music Dance. In the US this is pop (popular) which is probably the most dominant music genre in the UK but just crossed over in the US in a big way over the last two years all thanks to Akon and David Guetta (I am made to understand that Pop was bigger in the US back in the day and then it got boring as with most fads in the US then it crossed over to the UK and has since then been the standard, so pop is just coming back to where it started). Pop has become so rampant in the US that all radio station formats just had to change and modify programming to accommodate this genre because all rappers, r&b artists and soul singers jumped onto pop to remain relevant. Now Stella is not necessarily the first Kenyan artist to jump on the genre but by all means she is the only female artist in Kenya who sounds fly on a pop track.
Anyway the video is fresh the production is fresh.. Stella is just fresh, I love the fact that she is just comfortable with her brand being STELLA MWANGI! I mean how fly is that. Plus the fact that her opening line is in sheng – am completely floored, let me get back to LOOKIE LOOKIE…
listen to Lookie Lookie here:
download the track here:
watch the video here:
Considering we all live under some rocks, apparently the MGP Nordic 2011 (some Scandinavian song contest) have been going on and our dear Stella Mwangi better known to us as STL just made it to the finals. Let me just be clear, to make it to the finals you have to have gone through a rigorous process so this in itself is some massive accomplishment in my opinion. She won the 3rd Semifinal which was held in SKIEN last Saturday and now with this hit new song – HABA HABA she is off to some new phenomenal heights.
Now there are a few interesting things happening here that I am sure are going to catch some of you unaware much like they caught me unaware. Stella is singing, dancing and amazing judges as if she been doing this for a minute. I mean this is STL, the rapper!!! the freestyle artists, the BIACARA artists – where was all this hidden talent when were were banjukaing to BIACARA and the Dreamers??? I am totally amazed. I’ve had to watch the youtube clop below a few times to actually come to terms that some people are just born performers and damn it Stella is a performer.
Anyway for now the girl needs our support even though we cant be in Norway – we send our love and support and we look forward to you winning this thing. (Charles/ side note – looks like Melodi Grand Prix is a song context for kids aged 8 to 15 unless things changed ama? Please educate me/us on the details ama how old is Stella if you don’t mind me asking lol). Either way my question is irrelevant, am glad homegirl is giving the whole haba na haba hujaza kibaba a good spin off… I am impressed and I am speechless. I dont know if I necessarily love/like the song that much, its not the type of track you banjuka to, but I love the fact that she has changed her game and is bold enough to do things out of her element. You go girl… Getmziki Salutes you.
For more information check www.stellamwangi.com
listen to Haba haba here:
download the track here:
watch the video performance here:
Update: the video is out:
Like I had promised, I will be showcasing a new mix every Monday in the month of October. A lot of people have been hitting me up requesting some songs on the mixes, so people might notice some “old” tracks in the track listing. In this era, where every body wants to be “Mr Exclusive”, I decided to go aganist the norm and include a “back in the day” track by Tony Nyadundo.
In the first mix, I showcase some songs that are driving the streets crazy like “Finje Finje” by Mr T (Kenya) and “Mtimanyongo” by Shaa Feat Langa(Tanzania). The second mix has a couple of requests, but I also showcase the gospel anthem “Niko Na reason” by Holy Dave and Eko Dida that is a straight club banger. To all the people out there who are still doubting that “Gospel got Swagger too”, check out this lyrics to the song. Enjoy!!!!
“Hakuna kitu ngumu kwa Jesus
anaweza kutuona He can see us
kama aliokoa wanaume 10 K
anaweza okoa wanaume TMK
na TOK, waseme, its OK, its OK
devil nitoke, nitoke”
For song requests, Song submission etc: email@example.com
Click Below to Listen to Set 1:
2. Mr T- Finje Finje (KE)
3. Kid Foxx- Abatuuze (UG)
4. M.O.G Feat Issac Blackman – Tempted (Remix) (KE/Trinidad and Tobago)
5. Michelle – Out Tonight (KE)
6. Vinti Queezy – Flow (KE/USA)
7. Allan Aaron – Wimutheru (KE)
8. Blu 3 ft GNL – Kakana (UG)
9. Nonini feat Bobby Mapesa – Mtoto Mzuri (KE/TZ)
10. Nadhiru Feat Fid Q – Wanapagawa (TZ)
11. Abbas – Get Down (KE)
12. Jafari Feat Nazizi – Saa Zingine (TZ/KE)
13. Alpha Msanii Feat Mejja – Siwezi Get No Friends (KE)
14. Shaa Feat Langa – Mtimanyongo (TZ)
15. Frakas – Chapa Ilale (KE)
16. Abbas- Chapaa (KE)
17. Tony Nyadundo – Ndoa ya machozi (TZ)
Click Below to Listen to Set 2:
2. Holy Dave and Eko Dida– Niko Na Reason (KE)
3. STL – She Got (KE/Norway)
4. Maleek, Abbas and Chiwawa -2050 (Australia/KE)
5. Kenzo – Mama We (KE)
6. Bamboo Feat Archapello – Tabia Mbaya (KE/USA)
7. 2Face- Enter The Place (NG)
8. Nameless – Obama (KE)
9. Nameless – Ninanoki (KE)
10. D, Banj – Gongo Aso (NG)
11. P-Square – Roll it (NG)
12. Bigiano – Going Home (NG)
13. Bracket Feat P-Square – No Time (NG)
14. Nyashinski – Baby I (KE)
15. K-Tazi- She’s A Tap (KE/USA)
16. Indiginas Feat Vinti Queezy – Cassanova
17. DNG – Shake it on the Floor (Quantum Riddim) (KE)
18. Peter Miles – One Time (UG)
19. Chris Brown ft Lil Wayne and Swizz Beatz-Transform Ya (USA)
image courtesy of STL Myspace page
So let me be real I’ve written about Stella Mwangi on this blog enough times no need for me to go over and over about who she is and how she does what she do. However . However. However. I wrote off STL as a Werstern/US product, hence I stopped posting most of her songs off the new album on the site. I personally listen to about 4 to 5 songs off her album (The entire album is a classic). My favorite song is that “RADIO TUNING”, I feel as if she made it for me – for the secret love affair we never had when I was on RADIO lol (Call it wishful thinking).
Moving on – this song is not on the new album, at least not on the copy i got… because honestly if I had this song before I would have posted it without thinking twice. Stella made her first Kikuyu song (lets call it Kikuyu rap) because this cant be a song. For someone who doesn’t even speak good swahili, when I heard this joint I was like hold up – Aint no way she pulled this off so lucid – I mean its like she straight up be talking Kyuk like she left last week. Maybe thats what makes Kenyans unique, it don’t matter how long you live out of the country – your kyuk, or jango will still be fly. I mean she even shrubs her name on the track just to make it more authentic (Sterra Nyambuura!) .. Kenya Stand up for real.
I know my man Kimathi will be pissing on me after I post this track because I dissed it before I even listened to it, so I take my silly comments back – real talk this is a fresh hit – when I hear fly fresh music I will post and share – so here. Big ups to DJ Edu for playing this track last week on DNA. However screw him though for pretending GetMziki doesn’t exist considering we give him so much love and props on the site yet he lengas our shouts! No biggie though we still do our thing. (thats just me being bitter and personal)
Otherwise STELLA // Big ups my ipod has a folder called ‘Stella My Love’ – where I rotate “The Dreamer” its on cruise control. So that song taught me to keep aiming and keep wishing – so am still waiting for you to holla at a bruh.. I know you read this site .. he he he .. so help me stop dreaming “they call me such a dreamer” !!
Enjoy the track here
listen to Biacara here:
download the track here:
image courtesy of www.stellamwangi.com – STL Myspace
So here is a classic example of a Kenyan artist that I cant figure out how to classify her or her music into any African Genre. On a previous post I made a comment about how Kenyan music will need to radically change if a defined sound can’t be attributed to its core. For instance, we know Kwaito music immediately we hear it, regardless of the artist, we know HipHop (which is what this song is). we know what Zouk, Benga, Soukous, Lingala, Coupe De Cale is… the list is endless. Genres will always keep coming up over time but I feel as though in Kenya and Tanzania we haven’t really figured out what can clearly distinctly define what Genge is or what Kapuka is. Everyone has their own rationale of what Genge is, and everyone has their one definition of Kapuka. To me it seems we just label tracks based on the dialect being used – if the guy raps in Naija we call it Naija music, if the guy raps in Sheng we call it Genge… Kapuka beat is something that can be argued out, but possibly that could be the Kenyan sound – I dont know am unsure. I know the bounce beat Ambrose cropped up was unique.. again I dont know maybe we can talk about this on the corporate blog
I love STL for two main reasons, she has never tried to do the whole Genge, Kapuka thing – it wasn’t her thing so she didnt even try to get into it. Secondly, she recognizes her talent and takes up the challenge to compete in the western market seriously. Some artists like Bamboo, Kantai, Doobiez have similar talent capabilities (ability to rap in both swahili and english) but I think they get caught up in trying to serve two different markets. These types of artists are very unique and take a longer time to break the market – a fine example is K’Naan, who has been doing the Somali thing for a while. (thanks to the pirates publicity – now K’Naan will be a superstar coz everyone wants to know his opinion) But the fact is K’Naan has been doing this for a while plus the fact that he is based in Canada also just meant he had access to different audience all the time.
I still however think STL will be a big star one day – she seems to be able to handle herself well, however looking at the current Female MC’s in the market place I am a little concerned with how far she will go. Either way – She Got it is a good Dirty South Track, I added the remix as a bonus cake. She will be on tour doing shows in Dallas around May, I am not sure how regular Kenyans will react to her considering people booed Bamboo 3 years ago on stage for rapping in English, I would definately want to see how Dallas folks will react to Stella Mwangi.
Either way Enjoy the track
listen to She Got it here:
download the album version here:
download the remix version here:
The first time I met STL, I admit I was busy trying to get at her and give her my number. Truth be told this is one sexy ass chile. HAIMATI (it doesn’t matter) what your definition of cute, hot or sexy is – trust me when you meet this chile face to face, there is something hot and sexy about her. Mahaga!! demeanor, approach, how she carries herself and most importantly her accent… But at the time she was too focused on having this conversation with Wawesh in Norwegian (that shit was too hot) I think the idea of a Kenyan speaking in some foreign language is just exotic… But I digress.
STL came to Kenya at the time (2004) trying to penetrate the local market, but truth be told she has never been Kenyan material or at any level or any standard Kenyan. Am just calling this as I see it now and its what I told her then. She tried putting a couple of hooks here and there with akina Kantai and a few other local acts but to me all these were meaningless attempts trying to get the local market to recognize her talents. The girl was too far in her game, there was no way we could put STL next to Ratatat or Lady S and compare them as one product. Nah!!! STL was and is a global brand – and she will always be. I’ve never met a Kenyan female artist who could flow like Stella (Stella Mwangi is her real name) apart from Nazizi… (and thats the old Nazizi, before she discovered roots and reggae).
GetMziki salutes you Stella, this single is hot, the packaging is hot and I believe the market is ready for you. The Video is also super hot! And I personally am just glad that you are back doing what you are good at – good rap, soulfull music – I don’t want to wake up either….
listen to STL’s Dreamer here:
download the track here:
visit her Myspace page here: http://www.myspace.com/stlmuzic
watch the video here: