Diom De Kossa, AKA Kossa Diomande
Kossa Diomandé has been a central figure on the Norwegian world music scene since he settled here in the mid-eighties. Kossa hails from the Ivory Coast, and belongs to a family with strong music and dance traditions. His artistic career began with a 10 year long stint at the National Ballet of the Ivory Coast and Kossa has since then toured extensively in several African countries, throughout Europe and Scandinavia as well as the US. Kossa is widely regarded as a master of the Yadoh drum, a percussion instrument that consists of five small drums bound around a large one. In Norway, Kossa has been active in a wide variety of groups and constellations including such popular ensembles as Super Djembe Kan and Jambo Afrika. Kossa has also toured Norway extensively through the Norwegian Concert Institute's domestic touring programme, focussing on performances and workshops for children.
Born: 20.05.1958 (Cote d'Ivoire )