“[Funk Buddha] employs hip-hop as a mode rather than a theme…and creates a relationship between performer and audience that is true hip hop, and in doing so succeeds to reference the native antecedents to the modern form.”
– The New York Sun
From the streets of Bali to Carnegie Hall, from meditative throat singing to high-energy hip-hop rhymes, Akim Funk Buddha creates borderless performance art, fusing sounds and movements. An avid world traveler and self-described old-school B-boy MC, he is known for his holistic approach to hip-hop, drawing from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines. Rhyming, beat-boxing, throat-singing, body-balancing, martial arts, tap and circus arts are seamlessly blended to create distinctly spiritual yet urban sonic and visual compositions.
Akim’s has been featured at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center, NYC Central Park SummerStage, The Blue Note, The Whitney Museum (VH1 Hip Hop Honors), Lincoln Center Outdoors, Carnegie Hall, Joe’s Pub and BAMCafé Live. Collaborators include ground-breaking artists such as Bobby McFerrin and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones. Akim won Best Choreography at the New York Fringe Festival for “Average Asian American.” Film/TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Sesame Street, and as an M.C. in “FreeStyle: The Art of Rhyme”.
An advocate for alternative methods in learning, Akim’s innovative teaching methods utilize movement and sound for kids with learning differences. The power of music and performance can conquer fear and ignorance and bring the world closer together.