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Yaa Yaa: Not under pressure

BY: Edith Mensah
Yaa Yaa: Not under pressure
Yaa Yaa

Although many expected singer/songwriter, Yaa Yaa, to push the door to fame wide open when she won Stars of the Future talent contest in 2009, that is yet to fully manifest.

But after 13 years, she still keeps the expectation alive each day and reassures her fans that her time to leap into first-rate stardom is on the way.

In a chat with Graphic Showbiz recently, Yaa Yaa, formerly known as Bertha, disclosed she was mindful of the expectations but she had a principle that kept her going: “I don’t follow the crowd and I am not under any pressure”, she said.

According to the Kae singer, she perfectly understood the genuine concerns about her progress but she was still growing her creative abilities and the world would soon experience her “artistic glory.”

“I don’t think I have come full force yet; I am still evolving and that is the beauty about being human. In this period, anything can happen and I'm hopeful the industry will see my fullness soon,” she said.

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Yaa Yaa added that despite shooting to fame with her music talent, she had other creative skills such as acting that was untapped and intends to display her versatility without allowing the former to overshadow the rest.

Born and raised in Kumasi, Yaa Yaa caught national attention when she came tops in the 2009 edition of Stars of the Future music reality.

She is a product of the School of Performing Arts at the University of Ghana, Legon, where she majored in Theatre Arts with a minor in Music.

After school, she gave her full attention to music and dropped a number of songs and subsequently an album.

She has collaborated with other artistes, including Mr Drew, Sarkodie and rapper Okyeame Kwame, among others.

Yaa Yaa has also grabbed few honours such as Best GH-Canada Act at the Ghana Music Awards USA and was nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year at Vodafone Ghana Music Awards