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My ’16 years’ Song Was Inspired By Conversations About Rape & The Girl Child – Mzbel



Famed Ghanaian Hiplife artist and entreprenuer, Belinda Ekuah Amoah, known in showbiz as Mzbel, has shed light on the inspiration behind her hit song, ’16 years’.

Speaking in a recent interview on 3Music’s Big Conversation, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ‘Mzbel Music’ revealed that, the song was born out of conversations centered around the harrowing issues of rape and the vulnerability of the girl child.

According to her, she monitored the behaviours of the young girls she use to stay in James town with as well as listening to Maame Dokono speaking on radio about rape and then came up with a song. Mzbel disclosed that she wrote the lyrics of the song  while she was in a taxi listening to one of Maame Dokono’s conversations about rape.


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In the words of the crooner, ”I was in a taxi when I came Up with the lyrics. I use to stay with alot of girls from James Town, so I watched how they talk and the way they behaved. And Maame Dokono was always on radio talking about rape, so we were in a taxi one day and we were listening to Maame Dokono and I was watching how people were reacting to the stories and I came up with the song ’16 yrs’.”

She continued, ”So I started writing in the taxi and when I got home, I built on it and that was it”

When asked if she saw the impact of the song coming, the music diva responded;


”Not at all, I didn’t even know it will go outside Ghana. It was just a another nice song I thought I have done. But the next minute, it was in Nigeria, Togo and in Equatorial Guinea.”

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