Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda has become something of a national darling since she burst onto the scene back in 2012.
Since then, MzVee, as she’s more commonly known, has been the voice behind a number of the biggest hits of the last decade and acknowledged as one of the nation’s best female artistes in the 21st century.
Despite a decade of almost unparalleled success and consistency, a few people still seem to need some more convincing about MzVee’s greatness.
Well here are five reasons why the ‘Natural Girl” deserves all the plaudits and much more.
While she may be known as a solo talent now, Vee got her beginnings as a third of the all-girl trio D3.
MzVee (right) started in the all-girl group D3
Despite the group breaking up not long after, their first single ‘Bad Girl’ was a massive hit, with Vee, in particular, coming in for a lot of praise. Her talents were apparent even at such a young age.
Being a solo artiste doesn’t always mean you have to do it all alone and MzVee has shown that she can play very well with others. Many artistes, while great on their own, often struggle to strike the right balance when they pair up with others; MzVee isn’t one of them.
MzVee paired up with Stonebwoy on ‘Natural Girl’
While keeping up her quality whenever she puts another artiste on her song, she constantly elevates every track she features on, turning it into an instant hit.
‘Natural Girl’, her collabo with Stonebwoy was a critical hit while other pairings with Yemi Alade (Come And See My Moda), Mugeez (Baddest Boss) and Patoranking (Say My Name), among many others, have been praised as well.
Most artistes thrive on the back of the support from their record labels. Vee’s early years were held up by Lynx Entertainment and this partnership seemed to be a match made in heaven.
Her split from Lynx in 2019 was a shock and led to some suggestions that Vee’s career had run its course. Since going solo, however, the talented singer’s career has reached even greater heights.
MzVee spilt with Richie’s Lynx Entertainment in 2019
InVeencible, her first album since leaving Lynx released at the end of 2020 was a smash-hit.
In an era where live performances are a dime a dozen and ‘good’ live performances are even rarer, Vee remains a shining light. Able to hold an audience captive and leave them wanting more, Vee leverages her oral talents a lot more than most contemporary artistes.
MzVee performing at the Re-Vee-lation concert.
Plus, she’s not a bad dancer either.
While many artistes, understandably worried about their careers crashing and burning, prefer to keep it simple and stick to what they know, Vee has not been afraid to branch away from her R&B roots.
Her Reggae/Dancehall Collaboration of the Year win at the 2017 Bass Awards and Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year nomination at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards are proof of her “Vee-satility” (wink, wink)
A bonus point – and this might be a tad biased – she’s Ewe and you can never go wrong with Ewe women.