Born in Côte d'Ivoire in 1954 to parents from Benin, Cella Stella is an artist know throughout several countries in West and Central Africa. Her music cuts across various genres including Makossa, Soukous and Highlife.
She came from a family full of musicians that including, aunts and uncles, as well as her grandmother. In 1974 with the help of Cameroonian composer and poet Eboa Lotin she had her first studio experience lending her talents on his album ‘Jale.’ A few years later, in 1979, she would collaborate with another Cameroonian musician Brilliant Ekambi, who would be instrumental in launching Cella’s career and a fan base for the artist in Cameroon, thanks to her debut album released in 1980.
One of her most notable friendships was with South African singer Miriam Makeba. The two met during Miriam’s visit to Cotonou where the they performed alongside each other. Makeba and Stella would go on to tour and perform in countries like Liberia and Togo. Cella would continue to make music well into the 90s, most recently dropping her latest album 'Tradi-Emotion’ in 2002.