He began his general education curriculum in Yamoussoukro. And desire for him to learn the percussion is manifested early. Of the age of 7 he starts banging on the drums without being invited. Love at first sight is clear, it follows a true love story that will trace the paths of the future prodigy.
Alternating between classroom sessions and self-study, Oswald Kouame gives hard time to those who discouraged not only concentrate on studies, there is the serious”artists still die miserable”said they.
But the pastime of the young are furnished only by the ripples it produces with his hands on a sheep’s skin dry, standing on the surface of a hollow log of wood beast that serves as percussion.
The young prolific walks the streets of the political capital to meet the many demands placed on it is already covered. The first work is carried out within the religious arena with a detour in the Christian community barefoot.
In 1991, he flew for the first time for Canada to the account of an autonomous structure for a musical workshop. On his return, Oswald Kouame is sought by several organizations.
In a productive intelligence, Kouame Oswald leads a course of study without obstacles until the end of his high school science curriculum (Felix Houphouet Boigny) Yamoussoukro. In high school, the young musician is the darling of all the performing arts where his reputation continues to grow.
Excellent percussionist,””LAKAL as his close call never missed the first three steps of the podium at award ceremonies of the best in various sports and artitistiques, including choreography, staging, musical.
The young prodigal already showing the traits of a seasoned professional musician so he is praised with praise after his performances more and more frequent, and to an ever wider public. The whole town talking. He trainer converted into a group of European students at the French cultural center of the political capital.
Feeling the music thing take over its aspirations in civil engineering and surveying stroked it, Kouame Oswald decides to come to Abidjan to register for the National Institute of Arts and Cultural Action, INSAAC.
It’s two years later that the school will include well-known, the better equipped in terms of artistic training of state in Cote d’Ivoire and West Africa. But meanwhile, he started a real musical journey.
He joined several bands and musical groups (Village Ki yi, Afrozik, Soteka, etc.).Has made several trips abroad to benefit both the sub-region in Europe. Always eager to musical culture, he began a discovery of traditional music as a background with the main Ivorian percussion.
He travels the hamlets of central, western and southern Ivory Coast in search of rare sounds and instruments atypical. Identified by Professor Georges Niangoran Bouah, initiator of the dromology (the study of the talking drum), he went to learn this science for three years.
Assured of his vocation as a percussionist, the young Oswald is convinced to bring a professional touch with a diploma in music education in music and musicology at the INSAAC.
The institute keeps in golden letters in its path. Kouame Oswald was the product par excellence of the institution associated to all the cultural events in both Ivory Coast and abroad. With all his experience and he kisses her degree heart’s content the professional world, and into the big leagues.
Mentors music Ivorian and international Meiway, Magic System, Bailly Spinto, NEO Mala, Boni Gnaore, Dobe Gnaore, Kassav, Devarieux Jacob, Thierry Cam, Philip Montero, Dan Junior, just to name a few, snapped strikes of the artist who has no time for himself. ”It is the fairy that everyone wants.” It also shares the same scene with Lokoué Kanza, Youssou N’Dour, Angelique Kidjo, Tiken Jah, Alpha Blondy, Ron Kenoly, Maggie Blanchard, Akadi, etc., and also participates in a musical workshop with Richard Bona listed.
Oswald Kouame many concerts, festivals, gala, always in collaboration with several musical groups. Not lacking in imagination, he created a language to date performed by a circle of intimate world of showbiz, LAKALAWAZALA, which means the joy of living together … .. and brings together the best artists and musicians and Ivorian international.
The musician is rubbed by the Ivorian Television, where he joined the orchestra of the private media of state. With a calendar filled, Oswald Kouame has the wind in purple, they are great cultural scene for its host of benefits including Chad, Gabon, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco, France , Cape Verde, Guinea, South Africa etc.. Among the festivals which he participated, the Festival of Negro Arts in Senegal, Dunihl Jazz, Gospel roots, world music etc..
It adds strings to his bow already well stocked, there is a cap artist manager, producer, show promoter, trainer, designer of film music and advertising, songwriter today researcher percussionist.
As in musical parlance, he decided to play its ‘solo’, considering his own career. Thus it ‘change-end’ and heads for the Ghanaian capital Accra that he is not foreign for that matter.
The choice of Accra since 2011 to stay close to his country with an unstable political period, and as he says, willing to have the spirit of creativity that is its daily sharing. Shortly after arriving in the land of Kwame Nkrumah that the stresses are knocking on his door solicitations of any kind with renowned Ghanaian artists and international groups.
The man still seems to give the hair of the beast, then he thought to devote himself to himself. All spaces live Accra court to make him a benefit. Standing on the years of experience he created a band in Accra, called”Oswald’s Band”with which it rotates, and success is the appointment.
With this band, it still is endeavoring to convey his art by making a music search and Afro-Jazz fusion, open to the use of all elements of nature (water, rice, leaves, branches, sand, gourds, kitchen utensils etc.)..
Oswald Kouame is a crazy talented, meticulous, in a situation of continuous and spontaneous creativity.
Oswald came to Japan in 2013 and formed a transnational band -‘N’Zassa Music’ – joined by excellent Japanese and African musicians.
They did gigs & concerts ,festivals in Tokyo,Yokohama,Chiba,Ibaraki and at Nagoya, Gifu, Osaka, Kagoshima, Kumamoto etc.
He appeared on NHK – Japanese national TV program, he performed at events at Cote d’Ivoire embassy in Tokyo and performed for kinds’ of event of this embassy sponsorship, South Africa chamber of commerce (SACCJ) sponsorship , TICAD Yokohama 2019 (International Conference on African Development), and he joined to a project BON for AFRICA (Hibari Misora x DJ KOH).
Also he is joining another band for Japanese school-concerts and rhythm-workshops for Japanese youth – from elementary schools to high schools, art colleges.
He loves Japan so much, but many overseas fans, especially Ivory Coast fans could not wait his live performance.
Since 2016 he has had tours in Côte d’Ivoire almost every year. And went to a tour in India in 2016 , tour in Paris and Berlin in 2019.
And he released his 3rd album ‘ GNINFANGUI’ in June 2019.
He spent 5 years to write all songs in this album mainly in Japan.
And those have been recorded and have completed in Côte d’Ivoire at last.
A wonderful album filled with all Oswald’s passion, heart and soul.
- 2013 First Album「 Syncos Roots」release）
- 2016 Second Album「Let’s Groove!!!Live in Tokyo! 」release
- 2014-5 Cote d’Ivoire-Japan friendship Day
- 2015-3 Fête de la francophonie2015＠Institut français de Tokyo
- 2015-4 African Festival Yokohama 2015
- 2015-5 One Love Jamaica Festival 2015
- 2015-6 Cote d’Ivoire-Japan friendship festival
- 2015-11 JCIFA Commemoration of Inauguration of Japan Cote d’Ivoire Friendship Association(JCIFA)
- 2016-3 Fête de la francophonie2016＠Institut français de Tokyo
- 2016-4 African Festival Yokohama 2016
- 2016-5 One Love Jamaica Festival 2016 -vol.1
- 2016-8 One Love Jamaica Festival 2016 -vol.2
- 2016-10 Yokohama International Festival 2016 -vol.2
◇Live & Concerts
- 2015-10 Oswald Kouame’s 20 years of Music Career
- 2016-2 World Music Tour 2016 vol.1 Hot February Live @COCO PALM,西荻
- 2016-3 World Music Tour 2016 vol.2 Hello Shimo-Kita People!@Fu-chi-ku-chi,Shimo-Kitazawa
- 2016-5 World Music Tour 2016 vol.3 Super Fusion Night! @Otokura,Shimo-Kitazawa
- 2016-8 World Music Tour 2016 vol.4 Birthday bash @Calabash!
- 2016-10 World Music Tour 2016 vol.5 Let’s Grooove ! in Akasaka
◇Overseas(Out of Japan)
- 2016-6 Oswald Kouame – India Tour 2016 –
- 2016-12 Oswald Kouame – Tour en Afrique 2016
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