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Joakim Lartey was born in Accra, Ghana. He is the son of Ghanaian journalist and educator Joe Lartey and educator Emily Lartey.
He is the father of musician and journalist Jamiles Lartey of The Guardian.

He studied at Prempeh College in Kumasi, Ghana and then at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY and The Creative Music Studio, Woodstock NY

Joakim has performed with Natalie Merchant, Jack DeJohnette, Baba Olatunji, John Hall, among others…
He co-founded and was the lead singer of critically acclaimed "Worldbeat/Afro-funk band
Futu Futu which performed at Woodstock '94
He earned a Platinum Disc for playing on Natalie Merchant's
Ophelia

He teaches drumming and rhythm to individuals and to small and large groups.

Joakim plays African percussion instruments, electronic percussion, congas, bongos, jembe, and miscellaneous percussion & little instruments.
He is engaged in a lifelong and ongoing exploration and production of sound, music and technology…