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The beautiful balafon

By June 22, 2021Blog
The balafon’s beautiful sound is produced by striking the tuned keys with two padded sticks.

Photo of Bassidi Kone by Blacknote Photography

Did you know that the oral histories of the balafon date it back to at least the rise of the Mali Empire in the 12th century CE?

The balafon is a true work of art and an integral member of the idiophone family of tuned percussion instruments which includes the xylophone, marimba, glockenspiel, and vibraphone. The balafon’s beautiful sound is produced by striking the tuned keys with two padded sticks.

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