rhythmic melodies and uplifting music since 1982.
Based in Philadelphia, NaNiKha is an acronym which
represents the names of its original members. Each
member of NaNiKha brings her own special talent
and artistic ability to give the emsemble its
uniqueness and style.
background singer. She studied voice at Settlement
Music School and Community College of Philadelphia,
where she earned a degree in Music.
ANITA BARNES CAUTHORN studied voice at Combs
College of Music and has been a soloist for over
30 years. She has sung with the Zion Baptist
Church Senior Choir and currently sings with
the Vine Memorial Baptist Church Chancel Choir.
NIA BEY AL-RASUL, a self taught talent, has been
singing since the age of eight. She started
singing the "Nkosi" in 1980 as a soloist and
helped create the ensemble's beginning.
TALIAH MUNIR, a former member of Al-Jaamium
a cappella singers, has been performing for
over 20 years. As a songwriter and arranger,
her gift of song has developed through inspiration
and the love of music.
commitment to Afrikan-American culture. This is
purely expressed through their rendition of the
"Nokosi Sikeleli", the National Anthem of Azania
(Black South Afrika), which has become their
trademark. In 1993, NANIKHA had the distinguished
honor and privilege of singing the "Nokosi" in
the languages of Xhosa and Sotho for the former
Afrikan Nationalist leader and current President,
the Free Library of Philadelphia, NANIKHA also
had the privilege of performing for filmmaker,
as Take Six, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The
Persuasions, Sonia Sanchez, activist Angela
Davis and many others.
1989 in the category of Best Folk Performer in
Traditional/Ethnic Music, NANIKHA strives to
inspire awareness and spirituality when
spiritual, cultural, jazz and contemporary music
which includes adult and children's songs in
Afrikan, English, French, Portuguese and Spanish
music heals, music soothes, music touches the
souls of man and womankind. It is this
understanding that we always wish to share."
We are available for bookings, residencies,
weddings, funerals, concerts, festivals and
events of virtually every nature. If you wish
to have vocal harmonies to accent your event,
feel free to contact us.
percussion instrument called a Sekere. Pictured
here is a sekere made by one of our co-founding
members, Mama Khandi. We would also like to thank
her for designing our website. Please visit her
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