Francis Kofi Akotuah

Traditional drumming and dancing from Ghana

About the Artist

Francis is a performer and educator from Ghana, West Africa. Born and raised in the melting pot neighborhood of New Town, Francis grew up in an environment bursting with the sights and sounds of Ghana’s many ethnic groups.

During his almost two decades as an instructor at the University of Ghana School of Performing Arts, Francis taught Ghanaian drumming to hundreds of students from around the world and mentored many of Ghana’s up-and-coming young artists. Francis’ students have included people of all ages, from kindergartners to retirees, and all skill levels, from complete beginners to professional percussionists.

In 2017 Francis relocated to the California Bay Area and is now a lecturer at UCLA and UC Santa Cruz, where he directs Ghanaian drumming and dancing ensembles.




Traditional drumming and dancing from Ghana


Artistic consulting, Classes, Curating, Lectures / Lecture-demonstrations, Performances, Private instruction

Program Participant

Apprenticeship Recipient, Living Cultures Grant Recipient

Offerings Location

In-person services, Online/remote services





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