Artist. Producer. Innovator. Educator.
GRAMMY-nominated musician. Providing Creative consultation for projects with Grammy-nominated artist Goldink and James Corden drummer Guillermo Brown. He can be heard on Whose Hat is This? Everything’s Ok, Goldlink’s At What Cost, MTV's Rebel Music, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, A'Larrache (Canal +), I Ain’t Scared of You: a Tribute to Bernie Mac and over 60 titles spanning: Jazz, Hip Hop, Rock and R&B. Currently - faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in New York, guest collaborator with international arts program OneBeat and freelance music emissary with the U.S. State Department. Chief Ideator and co-curator of BeatsnBeans: a discussion series on creativity, coffee culture and the re-imagining of creative spaces. Kokayi continues to tour and perform as a member of Steve Coleman’s Five Elements, Ambrose Akinmusire’s Origami Harvest and Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio. He is also Recipient of the 2018 Halcyon Artist Fellowship, DCCAH Artist Fellowship and Sister Cities Grant.
"My work is an amalgamation of my life experiences as filtered through; DC, Go-go and the music of the African diaspora."