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World Music Instrument Collection: Balafon

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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.

Students try out the balafon during a #worldwednesday in Winter 2014. Image credit Jill Westen.

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Web Resources

Demonstration (no instruction) of how to play the balafon:

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