‘Abeg’ is the third track housed under Mzvee’s latest album ’10 Thirty’ and it features Nigerian singer-songwriter Bella Shmurda.
In a 10-year career that has seen her go from girl-band lead singer to solo showstopper, MzVee has seen it all—first conquering the Afropop landscape with her dexterous fusion of dancehall, R&B and soul before retreating from the spotlight for a brief mid-career hiatus.
The album that announced her comeback, 2020’s InVeecible, was a defiant addition to her oeuvre that reintroduced her to a public baying for her music. On her fifth album, 10 Thirty, released to celebrate turning 30, the Accra-born singer curates a polished musical offering in homage to herself, touching on themes of contentment, love and self-care with stirring contributions from a cross-continental cast.
Across 10 songs with influences from hip-hop, bongo flava, Afrobeats, highlife and amapiano, MzVee gives fascinating insight into her life, tapping Nigerian street pop star Bella Shmurda for a humorous plea to be left in her lane (“Abeg”) that segues into the Kofi Kinaata-featuring empowerment anthem “Winner”.
Yemi Alade and Tiwa Savage, two of Afropop’s foremost female voices, join MzVee on “Dumebi” and “Coming Home”, respectively, adding their Midas touch to an album that’s primarily about finding peace within and finding joy in the midst of all the world’s mayhem.