Guinea Balafon – 22 Key – Matam

AU $790.00AU $1,025.00

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Pro level 22 key balafon from Guinea Conakry.
Made from the densest kiln dried hardwood Khadi timber.
Tuned to Concert G
Notes include – G, A, B, C, D, E, and F♯
Comes with traditional mallets.
Please note: the far low end of the instrument has a modified box resonator replacing the last line of calabash which were too bulky to sit under the frame.
The box acts in the same way the calabash do.

Watch this Balafon in action below >>

Country of Origin: Guinea
Dimensions (L x W x H): 118cm x 52cm x 20cm

We recommend you purchase a bag to protect your Balafon. The hard-wearing cordura bag makes protecting and transporting your bala easy, as easy as carrying a back pack.

More Details

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).

This professional quality Guinean Jeli Bala is hand made by master artisans from individually tuned Khadi hardwood keys, Cow hide and Calabash. The keys of the Balafon are tuned to each other in diatonic scale scale. It is the wood which set these bala apart – Khadi is premier wood used in making the world’s best Bala. Below the key bed are calabash gourds which serve as 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.



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


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