Akim Funk Buddha is a multi-faceted performance artist with talents ranging from classic hip hop rhymes, beat-boxing, and Tuvan throat-singing, to body-balancing, martial arts, tap dance, and circus arts. He creates borderless performance art, fusing sounds, and movements, and is known for his holistic approach to hip hop, drawing from a full spectrum of cultural traditions and artistic disciplines.
Akim is one of five American artists to win a U.S. / Japan Creative Artists' Program grant for a 3-month residency / cultural exchange in Japan. He has also just received another grant from the Next Level program funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Meridian International Center, and the University of North Carolina.
Akim's stage productions transcend borders and have been featured at prestigious venues such as The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Central Park SummerStage, The Blue Note, The Whitney Museum (VH1 Hip Hop Honors), Lincoln Center Outdoors, Joe's Pub, The Winter Garden, La MaMa Theater and The Rubin Museum.