Stella Vander

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Stella Vander
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Stella Vander live with Magma at Roadburn Festival 2017
Background information
Birth nameStella Zelcer
Also known asStella
Born (1950-12-12) 12 December 1950 (age 68)
Paris, France
Occupation(s)singer, musician
Years active1963–present
Associated actsMagma, Christian Vander

Stella Vander (born Stella Zelcer, also known as Stella; 12 December 1950) is a French singer and musician.

Early years[edit]

Born in Paris into a family of Polish immigrants, she began writing music in the early sixties together with her uncle Maurice Chorenslup. Their songs were parodies of the Yé-yé style that was popular at the time. Stella's first EP, which included "Pourquoi pas moi", was released in November 1963, when she was twelve. In 1966, "Un air du folklore Auvergnat" ("a folk song from Auvergne", mocking Sheila's "Le Folklore Américain") increased her fame, followed by protests by the Auvergnat association—which took the lyrics seriously. Her take on music was 'engagingly sarcastic'.[1] 1966's Beatnicks D'Occasion targeted weekend scenesters. Her final record as Stella was released in 1967. "I wasn't even 17 yet, but I just said 'Ok, pfft. Leave it.'"[2]


She was later married with Magma drummer Christian Vander and has appeared on numerous Magma albums. Since Magma's reformation in the late 1990s, she has assumed a larger role in the band's studio and performance efforts, and is currently Magma's most enduring and prominent vocalist.

Solo albums[edit]

In 1991 she released her first solo album as Stella Vander, D'épreuves d'amour (Seventh A-VIII). Le coeur allant vers (Ex-Tension, with Sophia Domancich) appeared in 2004. In 2011 was released Passage du Nord Ouest (Seventh AKT XVII 2 CD) (Recorded in Paris, 29/12/1991) A compilation of 40 tracks from 1963-1968, Pourquoi pas moi was released in 1997 (Magic records 2 CD).


  1. ^ MOJO, Winter 2001
  2. ^ Pink Frankenstein. "An Interview With Stella: Trouble In Yé-Yé". Retrieved 30 December 2008.