• iYA  born Nkhosiyabongwa Dlamini modest of her innate gift of Voice, which awakens the inner parts of the human soul with a deep love for music.
  • Music Life for her began when she became a member of a Band formed with friends “The Afroctaves” as the lead Vocalist. In 2015 the band entered the T55 National Talent Search competition and made it to semi finals.
  • Since then she has been nurturing her talent participating in numerous recordings as a session singer, writer and vocal arranger. 
  • She believes music expresses feelings that words alone cannot. As beautiful and powerful music is, she sees it as a perfect way to touch souls, mend hearts and heal people emotionally. 
  • Simplistic and Natural in approach her sound is a blend of soul RnB and Modern/contemporary Jazz. She Attributes Gospel and the 90’s Soul/RnB to her Childhood and early music development.
  • iYA draws inspiration from God  and from a number of Soul/Jazz musicians like Robert Glasper, Esperanza Spalding, H.E.R. and PJ Morton. She has been influenced by the likes of Erika Badu, Alex Isley, Olivia Dean, . to name a few.
  • Her most memorable performances include: 
  • Youth Jazz Sessions (2018) by Into Music Society
  • A Night With Ariana-House on Fire 2022
  • Straight Up her debut EP,Packed with soul searching sounds Straight Up is a culmination of uplifting ,encouraging and illuminating Freedom. Recorded during the Covid pandemic lockdown The EP is centered around Straight Up the title track, a song about going for your dreams/calling in spite of dreary voices around you and embracing being different with confidence.iYA excavates a deeply emotional and soulful blare as she carries the listener to a place of relaxation and profound thought on account of her clever use of lyrics and velvety vocals.