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The M. Paula Survilla Collection of World Instruments



The balafon is a West African xylophone with calabash (gourds) tied underneath, which are used as resonators. The balafon is used for a variety of occasions and in a variety of musical expressions. UNESCO has added it to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Two Wartburg students try out the balafon

Students try out the balafon during a #worldwednesday in Winter 2014.

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