Artiste, Make-Up Artist, Music Producer
LEGAL NAME Nicole Alfred
Music transmits vibrations that create or destroy. Such is the power of our
words. I choose to speak life or this music is nothing but selfish vanity.
I create as I speak. Shalawam”
AbiYah means Yahweh is my father.
AbiYah (Ah-bee-ya) Yisrael is a rising reggae artiste currently working with an independent Label Chayah Studios which she co-owns based in Caste Bruce, Dominica, as well as Ever Blazing Production out of Germany. From the tender age of 6 she has been involved in music taking part in various competitions and live shows, recently emerging as 3rd runner up in the Dominica Calypso Finals in February, 2021. In 2012, at that time “Nicole Christian”, she released a gospel album called “Speak To Me”. That same year AbiYah was enrolled at the University of the West Indies, Cave hill Campus, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. There, her perspective on religion, life and history shifted causing her to pull back from gospel music for about 6 years.
AbiYah has now reemerged as a new artist singing what she refers to as “Truth Music” while balancing her job as an Assistant Early Childhood Officer. Her music is heavily influenced by the songs of Nasio Fountaine, Jah9, Marcia Griffiths, Denis Brown, Lucky Dube, Aretha Franklin, Yolanda Adams, among many others. AbiYah identifies herself as an African, a daughter of the nation of Israel and her music reflects those views.
Clear as the crystal waters of Dominica AbiYah delivers vintage sounds of Afro-Caribbean roots meshed with a spiritual lyrical adroitness. This is heard through her new and prior releases such as “Eat Clean Live Clean(2021)” “Protect Me” (2021), “Love In My Heart” (2021) from Empathy Riddim produced by Lavoro Duro of South Africa, “Bloodshed In The City” (2020), “Coronavirus(2020)” “Calabash Running Over” (2020), “Herb Tree” (2020), “Kum Ba Yah” (2018) and “If We Could Love” (2017).
In spite of financial constraints and the pandemic, AbiYah is able to take on the great commission of enlightening others through her music so they become aware of themselves and identity.