Nyoka Ny-D is an American experimental hip hop and neo-soul emcee, singer-songwriter, beat maker, producer and community advocate from Baltimore City. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nyoka began her musical journey at the age of three years old. Nyoka's music is greatly influenced by her Trinidadian heritage, including the swift rhythms of the islands, soca and reggae, but also funk, hip-hop, and neo-soul. Nyoka is greatly influenced by the Hip-Hop and the Neo-Soul movement of the 1980s and 1990s.
Nyoka moved to Baltimore City with her mom at nine years old. Despite the economic and social conditions of her environment, Nyoka was blessed to attend Temple University on a full academic scholarship. Nyoka was able to expand on her musical career in Philadelphia by recording over 100 songs and collaborating with local artists. She returned to Baltimore in 2013 and has emerged as one of the most versatile artist and young creators in the city. Nyoka has received the support and recognition from people all across the global for her take on music with psychedelic, hypnotic and catchy songs and beats.
Nyoka's music is an experimental fusion of hip-hop, R&B, reggae, funk, pop and neo-soul.
Nyoka's music relays passion, peace and love, but is often balanced with pain, sorrow, and the realities of life, such as poverty and heartbreak. “Music should represent life and life is full of contradictions; nothing is black and white, my musical style and topics range in color.”