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Francis Kofi Akotuah

Lecturer in Music - Ghanaian Drumming

Francis is a traditional drummer and teacher from Accra, Ghana. He spent 18 years teaching at the University of Ghana and has performed and taught at universities around the US and Canada. Since 2017 he has been based in the SF Bay Area. 

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. Francis began drumming as a teenager and has been teaching for over 25 years. At the young age of 18, Francis earned a position in the Ghana Dance Ensemble at the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ghana and in 1997, he transitioned to the university's School of Performing Arts to become a drumming instructor and dance accompanist, where he remained until he relocated abroad in 2015. During his almost two decades at the University of Ghana he taught hundreds of students from around the world. He also connected with professional musicians and other visitors for private lessons and assisted graduate students from the US working on Masters and Ph.D. dissertations. 


Francis is now based in the San Francisco Bay Area and also teaches at Sacramento State University and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts. He has taught and performed at universities around the US and Canada, has toured Canada with the Juno-nominated band Mr. Something Something and has performed with Mohammed Alidu’s Bizung Family Band at the Rototom Sunsplash Festival in Valencia, Spain.