Paul Van Haver, better known as Stromae (born 12 March 1985, Brussels, Belgium) is a singer-songwriter of Belgian-Rwandan origin.
He has distinguished himself in both hiphop and electronic music. He first became famous with the song "Alors on danse" which remained at number one for several weeks in numerous countries throughout Europe.
He was born in Brussels toa Rwandan father, whom he only got to see three times in his life, and a Belgian mother. At the age of eleven Paul Van Haver already showed an interest in music and attended 'l'Académie Musicale de Jette', wherehe studied music history and learned to play the drums.
In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae (a syllablic inversion of "Maestro". Itwas with this name that Van Haver became successful.
At the age of 18, he founded a rap group called "Suspicion", along with rapper "J.E.D.I." in Eichof. They produced the song and music video"Faut que t'arrête le Rap...", though later, J.E.D.I. decided to leave the rap duo.
In order to finance his private school education, Van Haver worked part-time in the hospitality industry, but hisschool performance wasn't up to standard.
It was only later, when he registered at l'Institut National de Radioélectricité et Cinématographie, that he released his first album "Juste un cerveau, unflow, un fond et un mic...".
During his study at the film school of Brussels, Stromae decided in 2007 to concentrate fully on his musical career. This resulted in his debut-EP "Juste un cerveau, unflow, un fond et un mic…".
In 2008 he signed a 4-year record deal with "Because Music" and "Kilomaître". In 2009 Paul worked as a young trainee at the musical radio station NRJ in Brussels. VincentVerbelen, Music Manager, was impressed by the talent of Stromae's first single 'Alors on danse' and decided to air it for the first time on NRJ. The response from listeners was one of extreme...
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