Ivory Coast-born multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kouame G. Sereba has played a major role in the music of Norway since moving to the Norwegian village of Berg in 1983. In addition to playing "hundreds" of concerts in Norway, Sereba has been embraced by the country's government. The foreign department sponsored tours of Japan, Germany, and Africa and Sereba accompanied Norwegian prime minister Kjell Magne Bondevik to Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa. Sereba joined with Norwegian musicians Kirsten Braten Berg (vocals, mouth harp), Bjorguiv Straume (mouth harp, vocals), and fellow African Solo Cissokho (kora, vocals) to record an album, Fra Senegal Til Setesdal, that introduced his culture-blending vision to the international stage in 1997. In addition to playing guitar, percussion, and djembe, Sereba is a master of the dodo, a mouth harp known for its overtone-rich, almost electronic, sound.
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