The Kennedy Center

Nikara Warren


Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Nikara Warren describes herself as being ‘bathed’ in music and the arts since birth. As the product of a mixed culture family (she’s the daughter of a half Trinidadian soca/dancehall lover, and a classic 90’s Brooklyn ‘Round the Way Girl"), Nikara’s aesthetic is a direct reaction to the music she grew up with. As its only natural that Nikara makes ‘rump-shaker’ music with an emphasis on dancing.

Nikara’s vibraphone playing would eventually earn her a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she would study music business, and eventually land a jobs in the copyright and special marketing departments at Warner Chappell and Sony Music. Feeling disconnected from the music she had always known, she submitted her compositions and earned a spot in The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead classes of 2013 and 2014 directed by Jason Moran. Here she was able to study under the close tutelage of Jason Moran, Marc Cary, Carmel Luny, Dwayne Burno and many more.

Nikara has has shared the stage with many musicians, including Charenee Wade, Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Camille Thurman,Tia Fuller, Steve Wilson, Hailey Niswanger’s MAE.SUN, most recently, Kenny Barron and many more.

Watch Past Performances

Video 2/10/2019: Black Wall Street

Nikara Warren’s project Black Wall Street is a set of feel-good tracks designed as an ode to Black Excellence to counteract the emotional trauma caused by news of Black people being slain by police. Warren draws from Black music and brings awareness to the Black Wall Street massacre of 1921, while remaining positive about the future and emphasizing the positive effects of diversity in the arts.

Nikara Warren - vibes
Craig Hill - tenor sax
Steven 'Khemestry' Fowler - trumpet
Paul 'Bae Bro' Wilson - piano, keys 
Parker McAllister - bass
David Frazier, Jr. - drums