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This Happened - March 12: Stromae Is Born

Stromae, the Belgian singer, rapper, and songwriter, was born on this day in 1985.

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Where is Stromae from?

Stromae's real name is Paul van Haver, and he was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium. His father was a Rwandan Tutsi named Pierre Rutare, and his Flemish mother is Miranda van Haver. He and his siblings were raised by their mother, as his father, an architect, was killed during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, while visiting his family.

His stage name comes from the French slang, that twists the word "maestro."

What is special about Stromae's music?

Known for his unique blend of electronic, hip-hop, and pop music, Stromae first gained international recognition with his hit single "Alors On Danse" in 2009. He has gone on to win numerous awards for his music, including several Belgian Music Industry Awards, Victoires de la Musique awards, and MTV Europe Music Awards. Some of Stromae's other most popular songs include "Papaoutai," "Formidable," and "Tous les mêmes."

What is Stromae known for beyond his music?

In addition to his music career, Stromae is known for his unique fashion sense and his involvement in various social and political causes, including mental health awareness and the refugee crisis.

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