Written by mikeonas on May 16, 2018
Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda (born June 23, 1992) better known by her stage name MzVee, is a Ghanaian Afropop, dancehall, and R&B artist. Her award-nominated debut solo album features several hit singles including Borkor Borkor, Natural Girl, and Dancehall Queen. MzVee is signed to the award-winning record label Lynx Entertainment and was the winner of the New Artist of the Year award at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards.
MzVee was born in Accra to Ernest Hamenoo-Kpeda, a businessman, and Florence Hamenoo-Kpeda, a caterer. She has 2 older sisters and a brother and attended St Martin de Porres School in Accra in her early years. She moved on to St Mary’s Senior High School and is now studying Business Administration at Ghana Telecom University.
2012 – 2013: Early beginnings
MzVee first burst onto the Ghanaian music scene in the summer of 2012 as the lead singer of Lynx Entertainment’s girl band D3. The band released hit singles such as ‘Good Girls Gone Bad’ and ‘Gyani Gyani’ before splitting at the end of 2013 due to educational commitments of the young group members.
2014 – present: Breakthrough
MzVee launched her solo career with debut single ‘Borkor Borkor’ released in January 2014. She followed this with hit single ‘Natural Girl’ and went on to win the ‘Unsung Artiste Award’ at the 2014 Ghana Music Awards. Her debut album was released in November 2014 and features collaborations with several award-winning artists such as Stonebwoy, VIP, Shatta Wale, Richie Mensah, Manifest and Didier Awadi.
MzVee’s music contains elements of Afropop, R&B and dancehall and her strong vocal abilities earned her a nomination for ‘Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 Ghana Music Awards and the award for ‘Most Promising Act’ at the 2015 Ghana Music Honors. She is regarded as one of the stars of Ghana’s dancehall scene and received the award for ‘Best Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2015 Ghanaian dancehall awards, BASS awards. Her trademark natural African hair and hit single ‘Natural Girl’ has made her an inspiration to young girls across Africa who want to celebrate their natural look.
MzVee’s impressive rise to the top continues with a nomination in June 2015 in the ‘Best International New Artist’ category at the BET Awards 2015. This brand new fan-voted category celebrates rising stars from across the channel’s international footprint.