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    Chronicles of music diva Mzbel

    by Flex Newspaper
    posted Monday, 29 August 2016 15:05| 1 Comments

    In this Ghanaian music industry, it’s not very easy for a female to emerge and be successful over a period of time but one female artiste who has been able to do so and still stays relevant in this current dispensation is Mzbel.

    I vividly remember the first day I laid my eyes on her and it was at the Hush Hush Studio when her then Executive Producer, Mr. Mensah had invited me to his office and he had wanted me to help in promoting Mzbel’s Single, “Awoso me” which eventually became an instant hit.

    Mzbel then looked so innocent and I saw the talent in her and the zeal within her to be successful on the music scene and so I also did my best to help her in getting her music career to a good start.

    Mzbel is known in private life as Nana Ekua Amoah and she was born on Boxing Day, 26th December 1979. Her father is an Engineer, Mr. Albert A. Amoah and her mother was the late Agnes Nyarko and she is the last of seven female children.
    Despite the fact that Mzbel seems to live a very classy and flashy lifestyle, it would interest you to note that the female artiste grew up in the Greater Accra township of James Town where she started her journey into the world of education.

    She attended the God’s Wisdom Preparatory schools, and continued to Korle Gonno 1 and Owusu Mills’ JHS at Mamprobi, another suburb of Accra for her Junior High School Education.
    Mzbel then continued to pursue Secondary education at the Abuakwa State College. She studied General Arts majoring in Economics, Geography and French.

    She then applied to study at the Ghana Institute of Languages, and trained to become a Bilingual Secretary. While at the institute, she got wind of the fact that Manifold Tutorial College was offering a one-year course in Television Production and enrolled, combining it with her course at the Institute of Languages, and studied Public Relations, TV & Radio Production.
After completing her course at the Ghana Institute of Languages and a brief stint with Manifold Tutorial College, Mzbel got the chance to do her Internship at GBC Radio 1. Whist at GBC Radio, she acquired the skill of Radio Presentation as she presented a children’s programme named ‘Mmofra Kyepem”. From GBC Radio 1 she joined the then Groove FM also as an intern. Just like at GBC Radio 1 where she handled a children show, Mzbel at Groove fm also hosted a child focused programme titled ‘Kids on Groove’.

    The drive and zeal for Mzbel to learn more and achieve much more in the electronic media led her to pursue higher laurels at TV3 as a production assistant for one of the station’s youth centered programmes known as Goldblast after working with Groove FM for a while. She worked also as Floor Manager for same and also as a Production Assistant for another programme called Talking Drum.
In the year 2002, Mzbel had the opportunity to work with Hush Hush Studios, which at that time had come on the scene as a new production firm.

    While at Hush Hush, she sometimes would be asked into the studio, and as the technicians played their instruments, she sang along, songs she had created. These were songs she would usually sing to herself with no serious intention of pursuing a music career but then, that marked her introduction into the music scene. This is due to the fact that it was at Hush Hush Studios that she began working with Mr. Mensah, her first Executive Producer.

    While working part – time at Hush Hush Studios, she secured another job, at Metro TV as the only Digital Video Editor and also producer for ‘Smash TV’, a weekend entertainment programme.

    From Metro TV, she was employed by Apex Advertising as a video editor and production manager.

    She had to combine Music and her job roles at Apex, and when she found the two overly demanding, Mzbel chose to give the music the full span of her attention.

    Over time, she has been criticized for her choice of clothes which have been described as “sexy” or “skimpy” but in her own words, Mzbel believes however that as an artiste she needs to look different from other female artistes. She has always had the ambition to be a source of inspiration to the under privileged and to be able to help the down trodden and all those who have keenly followed Mzbel’s music career can attest to the fact that that dream is on course through MZBELROCKZ, which is an annual charity event through which Mzbel reaches out to the community of Jamestown, where she spent her formative years.

    With Healthy Living being among the key concerns of the members of the community, together with well meaning institutions, Mzbel through MZBELROCKZ set up a 1 day Free Medical Screening Camp, that also serves as a knowledge sharing forum, to educate the people on good and healthy lifestyle choices.

    Participants get to receive packed products from sponsors and donors. These items usually include sanitary products, food and diary items.

    Later in the evening of the same day, Mzbel is joined by a number of her friends who entertain the people of Jamestown to great music and comedy. This affords the people of Jamestown the opportunity to get closer to the celebrities whom they have only observed from afar. The 1 day charity event opens up the people of Jamestown to the opportunity to get free medical screening, interact with celebrities as well as enjoy free products from sponsors and donors.

    Mzbel also has the BELCARE Foundation which is a social enterprise which seeks to empower vulnerable young girls through educational funding for sustainable development within the Jamestown and Bukom Communities.

    The foundation was established based on the strong belief that young girls must have equitable access to quality education to significantly improve their living standards and also, enable them to contribute to solving societal problems. The foundation facilitates programmes and regular donation of learning materials to equip these girls, grooming them for employment opportunities and a better life.

    Since 2004, Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah known as Mzbel has dominated the female Hip-Life Scene. Her controversial lyrics paired with her sex appeal on stage have been a major hit with the Ghanaian youth.

    Hate her or love her, you cannot deny her ability to put forward the worries and burdens of the youths in Ghana. Her debut album ‘Awoso Me’ broke barriers by selling more copies than any female hip-life musician in Ghana.

    The title song “Awoso Me” saw Mzbel take home the “New Artist of the Year Award” at the Music of Ghana Awards in Italy and was used for a Guinness campaign for a period of one year. Her second album “16 years” shot Mzbel to new fame.

    The album title track “16 Years” put a catchy and slightly comical spin on the growing problem of Child Molestation in Ghana, but the lyrics did not fail to bring to light the issue and the song was part of many political discussions.

    The track was on top of many “Top Air Play” lists of many West African radio stations and stayed there for weeks, Soon Mzbel went from opening shows to headlining shows.

    Mzbel headed out on tour and performed in Togo, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Holland, Belgium, Italy, England and the USA. On the heels of her show-stopping tour she picked up the “Best Female Act” and “Best Collaboration” at the Ghana Music Awards in London.

    Her third album showed critics that Mzbel had no intention of slowing down. The album Kiss Me saw Mzbel pick up the Portrait of an Excellent Woman Award in Ghana, praising not just her music but her entrepreneurial skills and charity contributions. She also had the Minnesota African Women’s Association honour her by having her speak at their annual conference, cementing Mzbel as a voice for social change for the youth in West Africa.

    Some of Mzbel’s other songs include This Thing featuring Danny Beatz, Otanfo featuring Kofi Kinaata, Legelege, One More Time, Onye Ogbemi, Ekua and Nsem Keka. Go your Way, Take it Slow, Swag, Slowly, Illegal Connection, I Swear, She Saw Me, Show Me and My Bonnet are also songs from the camp of Mzbel. Considering the huge collection of hits from Mzbel, hits such as Yopoo, E Dey Be, Lorgorligi, Mama Sweet, Sanbra, Saucy Girl, Run Away, Sexy Thing, Baby Turn Me On, To Be Loved, Material Girl, You Don’t Turn Me On and I don’t Love You cannot be ignored.

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