Artist. Producer. Innovator. Educator.
GRAMMY-nominated artist entrenched in the ethos of hip-hop culture yet colors outside of the lines of genre and tradition. Currently touring as part of Steve Coleman's Five Elements, in addition he provides assistance and Creative Direction for projects with Goldink and Guillermo Brown's Bee Boy. Recipient of the DCCAH Artist Fellowship, Sister Cites Grant and Artist Grant his music can be found most recently on Goldlink’s “At What Cost,” in MTV's Rebel Music Series, Kevin Hart's Laugh At My Pain, A'Larrache (Canal +) and many others. He is currently faculty at the School of Improvisational Music in New York, guest collaborator with international arts program OneBeat and works as a music emissary with the U.S. State Department as well as Chief Ideator and co-curator of BeatsnBeans: a discussion on creativity and re-imagining creative spaces, Kokayi continues to chase the origins of creativity and innovation.
"My work is an amalgamation of my life experiences as filtered through; DC, Go-go and the music of the African diaspora."