Nakeiltha A. Campbell a.k.a “Nikki”- percussionist, teaching artist, producer and performer whose work promotes empowerment through the celebration of African cultural heritage. Born in Colon, Panama, and raised Southern California. Nikki uses drumming to express her unique Afro Caribbean Panamanian lineage, extend a legacy of women drumming in the African diasporic traditions, and celebrate the intense study of rhythm. Introduced to drumming through the Mandinka traditions, Nikki is rooted in a diverse repertoire including West African dun-duns, Djembe, Congas, Cuban Bata, and African American soul flavors, which she interweaves to create her unique sound. For the past ten years, Nikki has worked professionally as an artist and teaching artist to share her talent and knowledge with young public school students, women drummers from across the USA, and the people of her home country.
She considers herself fortunate to study and work with a wide variety of local and international artist such as Mamady Keita (T.T.M Drum School) Kahlil Cummings, Robertito Melendez latin percussion school. A recipient award winner to study West African drumming with Aboubakar Kouyate through the Alliance for California Traditional Arts.
Her recording experience includes African drums in the theme song featured film Let the games begin produce by Aloe Blacc, as well for Kendrick Lamar track for his historic performance Alright at the Grammy Awards. The Rebirth Album Being thru the Eyes of a Child, Chocolate (on the coco farm) by Maya Jupiter and Adaawe.