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Brussels, Belgium (2000 – present)

Paul van Haver, better known as Stromae (born March 12, 1985 in Brussels, Belgium) is a singer-songwriter from Belgium. Of mixed Belgo-Rwandan descent, he distinguished himself in both the and the 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 to a Rwandan father 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’, where he studied music history and learnt to play the drums.

In 2000 he appeared as a rapper called Opmaestro, though he later changed his stage name to Stromae (“Maestro” with the syllables switched, a practice called verlan). It was 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 k’t’arrêtes 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 his school 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, un flow, un fond et un mic…”.


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  • juliendu48

    I Love French [4]

    Yesterday 9:16am Reply
  • MorphineDust

    I didn't hear of him since Alors on Danse, and suddenly he comes up with this album and I'm too overwhelmed, he's amazing <3

    29 Aug 5:22pm Reply
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  • ZelenaBanana

    though he was a one hit wonder, guess what, he isn't lol :D i want more albums.

    27 Aug 7:23pm Reply
  • Ultra_DM_

    Tous les Memes шикааааарнаааяя!!!

    27 Aug 12:04am Reply
  • ivarh

    I'm Dutch and my French isn't that good anymore, but it's je t'aime Remi_Z ;). Next of that, I couldn't agree more on your comment! He made French music interesting again.

    22 Aug 1:42pm Reply
  • Remi_Z

    Cool songs, original music videos, excellent choreography, excellent live performances... What else can I say? He is the most important reason, why I wanna learn french language! J'aime Stromae :)

    21 Aug 5:49pm Reply
  • Remi_Z

    Really need to see this guy live! [3] The best european artist of our days!

    21 Aug 5:46pm Reply
  • x__NaThY__x

    Really need to see this guy live! [2]

    20 Aug 6:50pm Reply
  • kwayne16

    I don't understand french at 100% but I'm so addicted to this guy ! What a talent <3333

    14 Aug 6:28pm Reply
  • MarioAle

    I want to fuck him he's so cute

    11 Aug 3:12am Reply
  • Ayamichan


    9 Aug 10:28am Reply
  • TheRazboynick_2

    Alors on Dance < Papaoutai, Tous les Memes, + Formidable. That's the artist's growh. A pleasure to see. At least on his follow-up there two larger than life tracks compared to his debut's one. Formidable is quite close.

    9 Aug 2:19am Reply
  • hamitic

    tous le maymays

    6 Aug 5:08pm Reply
  • kwayne16

    Papaoutai <3

    4 Aug 6:09pm Reply
  • Carneiro_

    This is fucking delicious!

    4 Aug 8:16am Reply
  • dennis1808

    Not a fan of Hip-Hop or Dance, but this guy has some skills!

    30 Jul 9:18am Reply
  • Fall__

    'Formidable' is what got me into this artist (unexpected but most welcome) along with great underlying themes behind most of his hit songs - what I would call 'dancing your problems away'! Hope to see him live at some point.

    29 Jul 2:03am Reply
  • Popov_Igor

    THE DOUBLE: STROMAE officious trailer, clip, video, film, song, music Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Stromae Formidable

    19 Jul 9:49pm Reply
  • DouglasCostaAx

    I love french [3]

    17 Jul 3:12pm Reply
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