Nigel “NiyoRah” Olivacce was born on October 9, 1980 in the coastline village of Pointe Michel, Dominica. At age 4, he moved to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, with his family, and cultivated an interest in music through listening to artists in his father’s and uncle’s roots reggae collections, including Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Burning Spear and Lucky Dube. By age 16, NiyoRah began chanting on the streets about the life experiences of the Savan ghetto in downtown Charlotte Amalie.
At age 18, NiyoRah decided to pursue a career in reggae music. “Reggae had one of the greatest influences on my life. It’s the type of music I cling to for some mystical reason,” he says. “The most high guided me more than me myself.” He took on the name NiyoRah – a combination of his nickname growing up and out of respect for the omnipotent power of the sun. Music was a natural career choice because of his musically gifted family. His grandfather is an award-winning vocalist who sings Negro spirituals and gospel, while his aunt, Ophelia Olivacce Marie, is an international French-speaking artist heralded as “Dominica’s Songbird” for her style of cadence and calypso. In 1998, he was introduced by local reggae radio personality Ras Manny to Black Juice Records, a Virgin Islands-based recording company. He joined with six other reggae artists under the company to co-found Star Lion Family. His voice can be heard on Star Lion Family’s EP Brighter Days released in November 2003.
Niyorah’s songs delve into a wide range of issues, including cultural living, love for nature, strengthening of all peoples, especially Africans, and spiritual growth. In concert, NiyoRah has performed in front of thousands, sharing the same stage with artists such as Sizzla, Capleton, Junior Reid, Buju Banton, Bunny Wailer, Glen Washington, Eve of Rough Riders, Midnite Band, Dezarie, Junior Kelly and much more. NiyoRah’s debut solo album – A Different Age – was released in May 2005 under I Grade Records. His sophomore album, Purification Session, was released in June 2006, with collaborative productions from Zion High Productions and Lustre Kings Records.
…NIYORAH & PGM…
Niyorah and Child linked on Niyo’s first tour of California alongside I Grade Records in 2005. This led to the 1st PGM/Virgin Islands Mixtape…PGM vol. 21 “Nothing To Prove” (Niyorah had the title track). The mixtape was a groundbreaking project and was called Riddim Magazines “…Best Mixtape of 2006…” Niyorah also shared hosting duties on the 2nd PGM/Virgin Islands project PGM vol. 26 “Sense Enemy Mixtape”. Numerous collaborations between Niyorah, Child & I Grade led to “Stolen Scrolls…the Mixtape/Album”. This project is the 1st of it’s kind—never before had a reggae released an entire album in mixtape format legally with all original production. The project spans Niyorah’s dense catalogue and shows why he is at the forefront of Virgin Islands Reggae Music.