Born VERA HAMENOO–KPEDA and known within showbiz circles as “MZVEE”; the Keta born youngster and former girl band leader has redefined the Ghanaian dream to become one of the fastest ever rising musicians in Ghana.
This has mainly been due to her remarkable ability to improve and the uniqueness of her brand. Following the release of two covers of dancehall songs, ‘Harmattan’ and ‘Hole in One’ the singing sensation shot to prominence with the wide release of her first solo single ‘Borkor Borkor’ in January 2014. The song featured Zeal, a member of legendary Ghanaian hip life group, VVIP and became an instant hit across radio and television as well as various entertainment centers.
MzVee had already began a movement nicknamed ‘Tip Toe’ – culled from her signature line in songs – but it is her second major single release which expanded her growing female fan base and confirmed her status as the voice for many young Ghanaian girls. Titled ‘Natural Girl,’ the song – which features dancehall stalwart, Stonebwoy – encourages young women to stay true to themselves and not allow society to dictate to them how they should look or feel about themselves. The song and video’s powerful message has gone a long way to endearing her to millions of young women who have felt pressured by society’s perception of superficial beauty.
Many of her earlier songs have towed the line of the dancehall genre but MzVee surprised her ‘tip toe following’ with a beautiful highlife song in July 2014 which featured reigning artiste of the year Shatta Wale – proving again that she can rub shoulders with the best in the business. The dashing songstress also has many other songs in her repertoire such as ‘Carpenter,’ ‘Gimme Dat,’ Revolution, Format, Boomerang and crowd favourite ‘Re-Vee-lation’ which was specially recorded for her fans and happens to be the title of her debut album.
The launch of her album in November of 2014 was described as the culmination of her hard work throughout the year and a clear manifestation that she had become a mainstay in the Ghanaian music industry. The ‘Re-Vee-Lation’ album launch took place at the car park of the Accra Mall and was heavily patronized by a crowd of over five thousand avid fans and MzVee did not disappoint as she put up a thrilling performance with a host of other musicians and celebrities.
Apart from her work with D3 (the girl group she graduated from as an upcoming act), MzVee’s vocal abilities and graceful demeanor has landed her collaborations with the likes of multiple award-winning artites such as Okyeame Kwame, Edem, Shatta Wale, Efya, Stonebwoy, VIP, Manifest, Afriyie (formerly of Wutah), Didier Awadi, Lyrikal and Richie Mensah.
This young dynamo has gone on further to grace many platforms – top of the list being her show-stopping performance at Ghana’s most prestigious awards ceremony, the Ghana Music Awards by virtue of her winning the most votes in the newly created ‘Unsung’ category in 2014. She went on better the following year by winning the ‘Discovery of the Year’ award at the 2015 edition while being nominated in six categories including Female Vocalist of the Year’ and ‘Artiste of the Year’. This was regarded as hugely impressive for a young artist whose solo career was only launched a little over a year ago. She has also picked up awards at the 4SYTE Music Video Awards and the Bass Awards.
The culmination of MzVee’s status as a force to be reckoned with came in June 2015 when she was nominated for two international award events. First came a nomination for the Best African act at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. American media power house, Black Entertainment Television (BET) then announced her nomination in a newly created ‘Viewer’s Choice’ category for International Acts where she was competing with artist from all over the world. In 2016, she was nominated again by Black Entertainment Television (BET) for Best African Acts alongside the likes of Yemi Alade from Nigeria and Black Coffee from South Africa as well as in the just ended MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) for Best Female Artiste held in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is currently working on releasing her third studio album titled DaaVee meaning “Everyday Vee”.
MzVee has been described by industry pundits as “the Next Big Thing” in Ghanaian music and with her exquisite nature and talent; she appeals to many young people her age who look to her as an inspiration. She has also won the hearts of the older demographic of music fans with her well noted humility, natural beauty and impeccable talent.