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


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 Performance Dates


  • Saturday, May 4, 2019 - The Falcon, Marlboro, NY with Phoebe Legere @ 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, June 8, 2019 - Rail Trail Cafe, Tillson, NY with Sonark Trio
  • Saturday, July 5, 2019 - Saugerties Summer Sunset Series 2019 @The Reformed Church, Main Street, Saugerties, NY with Phoebe Legere @ 6:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 10, 2019 - Rail Trail Cafe, Tillson, NY with Joakim and Chris
  • Saturday, August 17, 2019 - Rail Trail Cafe, Tillson, NY with Joakim and Chris