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Currently, Mzbel is Ghana's most successful female emcee, a diva as hot as the genre -- hiplife, a blend of highlife and hip-hop -- she performs. But Mzbel was an unlikely pop star who ended up in music via a rather circuitous route. She dreamed of being a newscaster, though she majored in French, geography and economics in college. Then she applied to the Ghana Institute of Journalism but found herself unable to afford the program. After a miserable stint in secretarial school, she took a course in public relations and TV and radio production. An internship at a radio station led to a part-time job at a recording studio called Hush Hush Studios. During downtime there, she would sometimes go into the studio while recording musicians were noodling around and sing songs she made up, just for fun. Months later, Mzbel was working somewhere else when Hush Hush called her and told her they wanted to release the songs she'd recorded. Still reluctant, Mzbel gave the studio permission but at first refused to do any performances or publicity for her own accidental debut. But the album, Awoso Me, blew up, and before she knew it, Mzbel was the pop star she had never planned to be.
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