Bobo Balafon – 20 Key – Solo

AU $1,600.00

Master Series Griot, Bobo balafon from Burkina Faso.
Immaculate construction from the densest Khadi hardwood and calabash gourd resonators.
Tuned to pentatonic scale. Sound and resonance are superb – a truly pro-level instrument.

This instrument requires courier freight and cannot be purchased online. Please call or email to discuss a full freight quote

Only 1 left in stock

SKU: bala-002 - Solo Categories: ,

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Direct from our Griot friends at Burkina Azza who commissioned them for us with their balafon maker. This professional Burkinabé balafon has been hand made by master artisans from individually tuned khadi (timber) keys, cow hide and calabash resonators. Each gourd has a small hole with very thin paper (traditionally a thin membrane) over it, which creates the buzzing resonance that is so characteristic of West African music.

Balafon are a wooden keyed percussive idiophone of West Africa. Balafon is a Manding name, but variations exist across West Africa, including the Balangi (Sierra Leone), Gyil (Dagara), Lobi and Gurunsi (Ghana, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire).

All Balafon come with a set of mallets.


Country of Origin…………………. Burkina Faso
Dimensions (L x W x H)………… 135cm x 55cm x 32cm
Weight…………………………………. 13 kgs

How to Purchase
This instrument requires courier freight and cannot be purchased online. Please get in touch:
(03) 9525 3073
[email protected]


We recommend using good quality headphones for all our sound grabs – they’re recorded at high fidelity for your listening pleasure!


You’re welcome to call us on (03) 9525 3073 or email us [email protected]


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