Stella Mwangi — easily the leading Norwegian hip-hop artist of Kenyan descent — features in the high-octane remix of “Obe Baba”. Once again sister slays! The song, penned and performed by Kenyan artist Rajiv Raj Rajville, builds on the phrase “Obe Baba”, which means “Oh my!” in the Kisii language. (The Kisii are a community of Bantu people who inhabit the counties of Kisii and Nyamira in Western Kenya, obviously).
Amid finger snaps and electro accents, Stella raps with fluency and commands all y’all to get up off your ass: “Wake up baby, this is a wake up call, stand up no matter how many times you fall, get up, the view’s too nice.” She then talks about smoking something. For his part, Raj offers Stella some love: “Come to my crib, let me show you banana…take you to my crib and I’m giving you banana.” Well, we all need potassium — Stella included!
“Obe Baba” is the latest in a steady stream of music that Stella — a.k.a. “The S.T.L.” — has released since singing at Eurovision in 2011. From “Biashara” to “Bouncer Raeva”, you can’t slow this lady down.