After Kenyans commemorated the “failed return” of “Stella” on May 17, in the Benga hit, Kenya Airways has offered to award the singer Freshly Mwamburi a free trip to Coast with his wife.
In a rather humurous Facebook post, KQ also shared its “disappointment” on Stella not returning to Kenya on May 17 according to Mwamburi’s lyrics, but offering a trip as consolation.”We can now confirm that #Stella won’t be coming home this year due to travel restrictions. We are “short” of words.
However, we’ll be happy to deliver some gifts to her via #KQCargo. As for the one and only Mr. #FreshlyMwamburi – we are thrilled that he will be flying with us to #Mombasa with his #NewLove to ease his heartache,” KQ said.”Stella” propelled legendary Taita singer’s music career in 1992, which prompted him to release a remix of the song in January this year.
Mwamburi attests that the song was a plea to a lady named Stella to return to him, after he met her in 1991 during a concert in Machakos.
He said that their love struck immediately, and Stella, who at the time was pursuing her degree at the University of Nairobi, and later left for Japan to advance her studies. Stella reportedly promised that she would return a year later, after she was done schooling.
However, Mwamburi said that she sent him a text message saying that she had found a partner there and got married.His wife, Dorcas Nduku however had an issue with the song for a while, which took a while before she would settle and flow with it.
During Valentine’s day, shortly after the Stella remix was released, Mwamburi revealed that his wife requested for a vacation at the Coast on Valentine’s Day. Her wish was not fulfilled at the time.Mwamburi was part of some of Kenya’s great hits of the day such as Mama Watoto, Lipi la Ajabu.