by Muthoni Kimani
January 27, 2021
Rhumba Icon Freshly Mwamburi has kicked off the new year with a surprise project – the visuals to the remix of his ever-fresh hit song 'Stella Wangu'. In 1992, Freshly Mwamburi released Stella Wangu, a timeless classic hit that is forever etched in Kenyans' hearts. The record is a love/hate story avidly put together – and every year on 17th, May, Kenyans reminisce about this great classic.
The song highlights a young man who fell in love with a young lady who was then a student at Kenyatta University. The young man was none other than Freshley Mwamburi, and his love was a bright, ambitious girl named Stella. His home was in Taita, and she came from Kangundo.
Unfortunately, just as he was considering settling down with the girl of his dreams, the young man got the shock of his life when Stella ditched him for another man.
Heartbroken, he went to the studios and, together with his Everest Kings bandmate Abdul Muyonga, recorded the hit song 'Stella'. The remix music video and audio were shot at Golden Palm Hotel, Kenol and other parts of Kenya to showcase Kenya's beautiful sceneries.
This beautiful video was directed and shot by Eric Ahoy, better known as Mtu Cinema, in conjunction with DJ Qariz, and choreographed by renowned dancer and choreographer Arthur Chiluba.
Stella Wangu's remix video has come to life courtesy of engineer Njau Njoka, who oversaw the audition process to get the right cast and funded the project to re-introduce Mwamburi into the music scene, empowering him to continue with his music career.
Mwamburi Mwakachola, popularly known as Freshly Mwamburi (Kazi Ngoma), was born on November 7, 1958, in Taita. He came into the music scene in 1980 and has had a successful music career for more than 40 years.
The hit song 'Stella Wangu' led him into the national limelight and enabled him to travel extensively and perform in other countries.
Here's Stella Wangu!