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Preeminent Improvisational Vocalist, GRAMMY-nominated musician, Creative consultant for projects with Grammy-nominated artist Goldink and artist/musician Guillermo Brown (James Corden Show). 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 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 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 begat from the African diaspora."

"Kokayi & Friends is a gathering of some of my favorite musicians. I wanted to hang out on stage and collaborate with the people that inspire me to create."

My Featured Artists Sessions

Saturday, September 14

5:00pm EDT