The Composer, Musician, Teacher and Storyteller Kouame Sereba was awarded the price Folk Musician of the Year 2009 during the Folk Music Awards at Folkelarm. Oslo- Norway
Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kouame Sereba was born in Abidjan, Cote d´Ivoire. He was sent by his parents to their native village Tiegba at the age of 10. Living there he learned about traditional life, music and dance. By the age of 20, he travelled across the African continent where he visited and lived in countries like Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameron, Central African Republic, Sudan and Egypt and Israel. In 1983 Kouame moved to Norway, where he is based today. Here, he plays an important role in the music scene. In addition to his solo projects he collaborates with musicians of many different styles; jazz, folk, contemporary, as well as traditional and modern African music.
From his base in Norway, Kouame has is now traveling all over the world with his life philosophy, “The Power of Playfulness" embedded in his performances, workshops and public talks. In addition to playing guitar, percussion and djembe, Kouame is a master of the Dodo, (a mouth harp known for its overtone-rich, almost electronic sound).
Kouame Sereba sings is song “ATOLAGO" (Drowning Man Trail) in the Hollywood film The Interpreter. A thriller starring Nicole Kidman, Sean Penn, and Catherine Keener.
Every year, Kouame Sereba meets more than 2000 kids in average a month with his performance "Kouame Meetings Kids".
"It is not an exaggeration to say that I'm excited and looking forward every time I'm going out to meet the Kids. This is something I have been doing for more than 25 years now". Says the artist Kouame Sereba