The Story Of The Balafon

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Heard On The Odyssey Series

The balafon, similar in appearance to its European cousin, the xylophone, is an ancient percussive instrument. It dates to the Mandinka Africa empire court
13th to the late 15th century- featuring praise singers and court musicians associated with the neighboring Mandé, Senoufo, and Gur peoples of West Africa, particularly to the Guinean people.

Episode Credits

  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Host
  • Dr. Jonathan Øverby Producer
  • Tom Blain Technical Director

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