Known as the goddess Of Ghana Music, Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah popularly known as Mzbel was born on Boxing Day, 26 December 1979, to Albert A. Amoah, an engineer, and Agnes Nyarko. Mzbel is the last born of seven female children.
Mzbel grew up in James Town, where she attended the God of Wisdom Preparatory school, and later continued to Korle Gonno 1 and Owusu Mills’ JHS at Mamprobi in Accra for her Junior High School Education.
Mzbel continued her Secondary education at the Abuakwa State College, where she read general arts majoring in economics, geography, and French. She applied to the Ghana Institute of Languages, where she trained to become a bilingual secretary.
While studying at the Ghana Institute of Languages, she applied for a one-year program at the Manifold Tutorial College to offer a one-year course in television studies, public relations, television, and radio production.
Mzbel, after she graduated from the Ghana Institute of Languages and earned a certificate from the Manifold Tutorial College, gained an internship opportunity with GBC Radio 1 where she became the host of “Mmofra Kyepem” a children’s program.
She joined Groove FM now Adom FM after she left GBC Radio 1 as an intern and co-hosted a child-focused program titled ‘Kids on Groove’.
Mzbel moved to TV3 as a production assistant for one of the station’s youth programs known as ‘Goldblast’. She worked also as floor manager and also as a production assistant for another program “Talking Drum”.
In 2002, Mzbel had the opportunity to work with Hush Hush Studios, a music recording studio in Accra. While at Hush Hush, she was sometimes tasked to work in the studios, and as the technicians played their instruments, she sang along.
She often sang to herself with no serious intention of pursuing a music career. While working part-time at Hush Hush Studios, Mzbel secured another job at Metro TV as the only digital video editor and also the producer for ‘Smash TV’, a weekend entertainment program.
From Metro TV she got employed at Apex Advertising as a video editor and production manager. After some time, she could not stand the pressure of combining Music with her job roles at Apex and decided to pursue music as a full-time job.
Her debut album, ‘Awosome,’ was published in 2004. The rather contentious first single received a lot of airtime, and Mzbel quickly became the toast of numerous shows around the country. Her second album, ’16 Years,’ followed in the same footsteps, with multiple smash singles. She was abused on stage during a concert at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi in 2005.
Mzbel was again assaulted in her own house a year after her stage assault in Kumasi by armed robbers. She was able to put all of her painful experiences behind her to create her third album, which received a lot of attention, in 2007. As usual, the first track, ‘It Dey Be,’ sparked a lot of discussions. She boycotted the 2008 Ghana Music Awards but got a special Portrait of an Excellent Woman award that year for forging a way as a female artist and contributing to female empowerment.
Mzbel is currently the host of the ‘Odo Nso’ radio program on Onua FM.
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