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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…
His most recent collaborators include Chris Lane, Thomas Workman, Ted Orr, Blue Food, puppet-designer Patrick Wadden, Dutchess Arts Council and 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.


Upcoming Dates

  • Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 - Ulster Community College, Stone Ridge, NY with Joakim and Chris