Vana Liya


Career Highlights

  • Recording Artist on Law Records

  • New Album coming out in 2019 is produced by Johnny Cosmic (of Stick Figure) on Law Records with support  from Ineffable

  • Festivals: Virgin Island Jam Fest, Freakstomp, Weekend at Wolfies, Hightopps Backstage Bash, Angry Orchard, Rock the Roots, Angry Orchard Harvest Fest

  • Support Slots:  SOJA, The Expendables, Ballyhoo!, Kash'd Out, Pepper, KBong, Badfish, Tropidelic, Fayuca


Nirvana Goberdhan, a.k.a. Vana Liya grew up in Deer Park, New York, about 45 miles east of Manhattan. Her parents are from Guyana, at the southernmost end of the Caribbean. From early on, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall and reggae music. She began singing at the age of 12.

For Christmas of 2014, her mom gave her a ukulele and a few years later, she began covering songs by her favorite artists Sublime, Slightly Stoopid and Pepper. The combination of the ukulele and her soft voice put a unique twist on some reggae- rock staples. Artists like 311, Rebelution, Stick Figure and Tribal Seeds shared Vana’s covers across social media platforms.

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