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a healing for the world

 Let the music heal you.

Kevin Nathaniel Hylton
A visionary musician who, with voice and ancient African 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 beautiful ways. A celebrated composer of healing music; a long-time practitioner of the healing arts of mbira, kalimba, circle song, shekere, dance, meditation, and yoga; a world-traveled music healer and performer, sharing the 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 us to come together, to share in song, laughter, positivity, movement, and prayer.

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 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 a new kind of shamanic music, performing music festivals and ceremonies the world over. His recordings have developed a strong following not only among lovers of uplifting dance grooves, but also 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 (where he serves as musician-in-residence).

Kevin also produces New York City’s most well-loved world music series, Afro Roots Tuesdayswww.facebook.com/AfroRootsTuesdaysYippie/


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Upcoming Shows

Date: March 8th, 2024 | Time: 7:30pm
Place: Golden Drum
97 Greene St., Brooklyn, NY 11222

Kevin Nathaniel Afro Roots Ensemble
Kevin Nathaniel (mbira) and Salieu Suso (kora) and special guests in concert.  I hope to see you there!  Get your tickets here: www.goldendrum.org


Past Releases

Mbira Sanctuary

Mbira Magical

Bands & more music

To book any of these bands, please email kevin@kevinnathaniel.com


Spirit Ensemble

Heritage O.P.

Heritage O.P.


Kevin Nathaniel and Hasan Bakr – music project from 1988

Village Meditations

Kevin Nathaniel and Atiba Kwabena – from 6 years ago


African Voices (Narada 1996)

The Peace Now Dept

Afrika meets India

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’.

We ask that you please follow the link to contribute monthly to Afro Roots Tuesdays at any rate you feel comfortable with. You get to “vote” with your dollar to keep Afro Roots alive. The options begin at $1/month, or more. And $1/month will have a huge impact and go a long way to keep Afro Roots Tuesdays thriving. As a community sponsor for Afro Roots, you become one of the “producers” of the series and your contribution will be acknowledged.

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