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Joakim Lartey is a drummer/percussionist, storyteller, educator and sound designer.

He was co-founder, lead singer and percussionist of Woodstock’s Futu Futu.

He is engaged in a lifelong exploration of recording technology and the fusion of traditional/ancient and contemporary musical forms


He has collaborated/played with Natalie Merchant, Jack DeJohnette, John Hall, Baba Olatunji among others…
He currently performs with the duo
Joakim & Chris [with guitarist Chris Lane] and The Sonark Trio [with multi instrumentalist Thomas Workman and cellist Gabriel Dresdale]


Joakim is available for storytelling, drumming and rhythm workshops, school residencies, group dynamics facilitation and selected presentations on the music and culture of Ghana and the African Diaspora.

In the studio, he provides services from tracking to mastering and specializes in solo artists and small ensembles. His recent clients include Joe Lartey, Thomas Workman, Levanta and Esther Pallares.


Performance Dates


  • Saturday, February 18, 2018 @ The Flurry Festival, Saratoga Springs Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY - all day; Check Program…
  • Friday, April 6, 2018 @ SUNY New Paltz
  • Saturday, April 28, 2018 @ Ulster Community College (Midtown Campus) with Joakim & Chris
  • Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ Rail Trail Cafe, Rosendale, NY with Sonark Trio from 1-3 pm
  • Saturday, June 16, 2018 @ Clearwater Festival, Croton-on-Hudson @ Story Grove, various times
  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 @ The Story Grove @ Clearwater Festival
  • Thursday, August 2, 2018 @ Tribal Rhythms Gathering @ 309 Brown Rd., Ellenville, NY 12428 - evening
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018 @ Rail Trail Cafe, Rosendale, NY with Sonark Trio from 1-3 pm
  • Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ Rail Trail Cafe, Rosendale, NY with Sonark Trio from 5-7 pm