Artist Profile

Las Vegas, Nevada

Harold Akyeampong

Akyeampong, Harold

Harold Akyeampong is the president of the Ghana chapter of the Percussive Arts Society. He is the artistic director of the Kusum Agoro Multicultural Project-USA ( KAMAPUSA), a multicultural platform that he uses to train people of all ages and backgrounds, African arts and culture and its relevance to the multicultural United States today. He is the US International director of the International Centre for African Culture and Arts (ICACA-Ghana). He is a founding member of many accomplished New York based performing arts groups namely, Africussion Percussion Discussion, Afrikuumba Itube, Djembefola Sheriff, Jamaicans in Brooklyn (JIB), Obrumankoma Sankofa Traditionals and the Little Neck Jazz Band.
An experienced ethnomusicologist, historian, dancer, choreographer, folklorist and cultural educator, Mr. Akyeampong is a graduate of the School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana and the State University of New York at Brockport. Through KAMAPUSA, under the performing name "Okyerema" (Master Drummer), Mr. Akyeampong shares the vast heritage of Africa through African percussion, dance, folk songs, games and creative dramatics, and presents cultural lectures and storytelling programs to people of all backgrounds and ages. Mr. Akyeampong has performed or lectured in over 300 schools and specialized venues in the United States and around the world.
Mr. Akyeampong, until he relocated to Las Vegas was an accomplished teaching artist at Urban Arts Partnership, a New York City based arts in education non-profit that advances the intellectual, social and artistic development of underserved public school students through arts-integrated education programs to close the achievement gap.
A regular performer at NYC’s community celebrations and festivals, Mr. Akyeampong has performed as a percussionist, storyteller and children games facilitator, represented Ghana at a United Nations fund-raising event and at an International Youth Day event. His groups, Africussion Percussion Discussion and Obrumankoma Sankofa Traditionals have been performing in many of the Brooklyn’s community events including Dance Africa, International African Arts Festivals, the annual Kwanzaa Celebration at Boys and Girls High School and the Tribute to the Ancestors at Coney Island. His most recent engagement was as a Ghanaian performing arts consultant to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) during the 2011 Dance Africa.

Language Proficiencies
English, Fantse,Ga, Adangbe
Counties Served
All Counties
Preferred Groups/Populations
All Ages and Groups
All Venues
Fees, Availability and Technical Requirements
Fees are reasonable and negotiable. Schools must have instruments, we buy or we rent instruments.
Professional Development Workshops: Teacher/Staff Training
Professional Development Workshops for Classroom Teachers/ School Administrators and for PTAs are all done with specific goals tailored to meet specific needs. In my previous clinics with Elementary school Teachers in NYC, teachers benefited from how to integrate the arts and bringing the world into their classrooms. Parents workshops have introduced the parents to their children's arts training and preparation for school and non-school performances and for appreciation of non-Western music tradition.
Program/Residency Activity Descriptions: Schools/Communities
I am an Applied Music Teaching Artist with a focus on African (Ghanaian) Percussion, Storytelling and Expression. My class is designated as Africussion Percussion Discussion to emphasize the importance of building communities together and the need for my students to learn how to live as responsible citizens with good communicative skills. One of my greatest strengths as a teaching artist is my ability to use my knowledge of the world’s art traditions to challenge and inspire students to express their voices.