Kenya-born singer Stella Mwangi, AKA STL, is a rising star, a well-known artist in Kenya, with her single “Haba Haba” is topping the charts in Norway. Now she is taking her song and famous smile to Europe’s biggest music competition.

On February 12th Mwangi won Norway’s big music contest, Melodi Grand Prix 2011, making her the selection to represent the Scandinavian country in the Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany in May.

“Haba Haba,” which This is Africa suggests was inspired by Shakira’s “Waka Waka,” is an uber-upbeat pop song with a pronounced Afropop flavor. (Watch her winning performance on YouTube.) She reportedly charmed the audience into submission and won by a landslide.

Mwangi’s family came to Norway as political refugees when she was five years old, she became active in Norway’s hip hop scene as a teen and has been pursuing a music career ever since. That’s right, she raps too!