Sometimes you can find the most amazing people in your office building.
As a federal government employee, I often interact with talented co-workers who engage in fascinating pursuits outside of the office. People like Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, whose large talent and imagination is impressive.
During the day, she works as a federal inspection officer who reviews and supports Canada’s wide network of embassies and consulates around the world. During her spare time, however, she is a musician with a beautiful voice and blogger with an intelligent pen.
(Full Disclosure: Yaa-Hemaa works in the same Department as me but in a different branch. I first met her a few years ago when we were then working in the same area).
Given that we now work in different sections, our paths rarely cross. Then this past fall I noticed that she had put some of her music online and after doing some research on her artistic work contacted her to speak about her musical side.
What I found was a musician with a lovely voice, mixed with soothing piano melodies that would fit in perfectly at a jazz bar.
“I have always been involved with music. I started classical piano training at five and continued well up to high school,” Yaa-Hemaa tells me in an interview. “I feel quite comfortable at playing jazz, soul and R&B. I don’t want to close myself to anything but I think my voice is more suited to that.”
This extensive experience with singing and playing the piano clearly shows in her musical chops. There is no denying that she possess a beautiful voice, as you can see in this clip of her singing acapella her song Sunday.
Looking forward, her hope is to eventually release a record of original material.
“My initial goal was to have enough songs for an EP, but if I can have enough for a full album then I will do it,” says Yaa-Hemaa, who studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
Working on music, however, is only one side of her creative output, as she also writes and blogs. On top of her articles for The Huffington Post, she is the founder of the The Y Variable blog, in addition to her own online music site.
With this creative output this is one Ottawa-resident you should keep an eye out for.