Kevin Nathaniel


A visionary musician who, with voice and ancient Afrikan instruments, channels sound as a universal healing force. Together, breathing rhythms to the beat of our synchronized hearts, Kevin Nathaniel resonates songs of unity and the “big picture” of love in the grooviest ways possible! A long-time devotee of mbira, kalimba, polyphonic circle singing, drum, dance, meditation, and yoga; a world-traveled music healer sharing the musical medicine of the ancient, the now, and the beyond, Kevin Nathaniel brings a fresh, deep experience of the beauty of sound.

Kevin Nathaniel’s music is an invitation for all to come together, to share in song, laughter, positivity, movement, prayer, and breath.

Kevin Nathaniel is a Scholar of the House of Yale University. Following Yale, Kevin intuitively devoted himself to the healing music of Africa, especially mbira music. He began constructing instruments, transitioning to vocal music, the playing of various instruments of the African and diaspora world, dances of Africa, and sacred healing music. His journey has led him to today, where he is an innovative force in the development of shamanic music, performing healing music festivals and ceremonies the world over. His recordings have developed a strong following among the healing and natural medicine world, while healers have verified that his recordings and performances helped heal trauma, sleep disorders, physical pain, depression and anxiety. Kevin has worked with shamans, channels, doctors, healers, mystics, and medicine people from Africa, Asia, South and North America. He has also worked with Alice Walker, Oprah Winfrey, Jonathan Demme, Madonna, Niles Rodgers, Ephat Mujuru, Dumisani Maraire, Bobby McFerrin, Maestro Manuel, Tito La Rosa, Nana Vasconcelos, Carlos Roberto, Miriam Makeba, Thomas Mapfumo, Dr. Mitch Gaynor, Pedro Cruz Garcia, Titos Sompa, Chief Bey, and Omega Institute.


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Mbira Sanctuary
Mbira Magical

Bands & more music

To book any of these bands, please email kevinmbira@hotmail.com

Kaleidhaphonic
Spirit Ensemble
Heritage O.P.
Heritage O.P.
Bright Sayings

Kevin Nathaniel and Hasan Bakr – music project from 1988

Village Meditations

Kevin Nathaniel and Atiba Kwabena – from 6 years ago

African Voices

African Voices (Narada 1996)

The Peace Now Dept

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Afrika meets India

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Afro Roots Tuesdays

Afro Roots Tuesdays is a music series that features great live music every other Tuesday night. Afro Roots acknowledges this common thread of all of humanity. In a sense we are saying “human roots”. We have a strong commitment to artistry, to life, to culture, to dancing, to community, and to healing. We have a strong commitment to keeping culture alive and available to all, regardless of income.

The series is in its in fourth year of amazing concerts and due to the rising expense of maintaining the series, we are now at the crucial point of having to go to our community and ask for their kind support in the form of community sponsors who “keep the roof” on Afro Roots Tuesdays so we can keep movin’ and groovin’.

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