Days ago, when she visited Abeiku Santana at the Okay Drive, promoting her comeback singles, singer MzVee (Vera Hamenoo-Kpeda) spoke to a number of issues, including the reason for her two-year hiatus from active music, controversy surrounding the ownership of instrumentation for “Who Are You,” her new song, and forthcoming albums.
The chanteuse, once the most sought-after voice in this town, has cited depression for her break in 2018. “I didn’t leave Lynx Entertainment,” she explained, responding to Santana’s question about her divorce from the Richie Mensah-led record label which is home to Kuami Eugene, KiDi, and Sam Oladotun. “I left music.”
Later in the interview, she would return to her mental health challenges: “At a point, I crashed, and I had to just go away from everything.” She assured, though, that she is back for good. “I can’t run away from the music. I really can’t—no matter how I try.”
On the many rumours that swept social media during her musical inactivity, relating to pregnancy, feuds with Kaakie and Feli Nuna, and romance with Stonebwoy, the “Daavi” hitmaker simply discarded them as nothing more than hearsay.
Specifically on her dominance despite Kaakie incessantly declaring herself as leader of the pack years ago, MzVee took a philosophical turn, citing times and seasons: “I don’t know about fair, but I think everybody has their season […] Everybody has their time, and everybody has their season,” she said, adding “nobody stays up for a long time: you’ll definitely go quiet and come up again.”
She also addressed allegations that she stole instrumentation for “Who Are You,” her very latest offering, from ZTM, stressing that she purchased the beat legitimately from MOG, the producer of the song, and is ready to present receipts as proof. She advised ZTM to take the matter up with MOG if they still feel aggrieved.
To her fans, MzVee promises two bodies of work: a reggae album, and one catering to Afrobeats. Though she was tight-lipped about details including titles and release dates, she named Tommy Lee, Mugeez, and Stonebwoy as collaborators.
27, MzVee is author of three albums. She is a two-time BET nominee, and is recipient of several other laurels including VGMA awards for Unsung Artiste of the Year (2014), Best New Artiste Of The Year (2015), Best Female Vocalist of the Year (2016), GMH Best Female Artist Honour (2016) and a host of others.