Monday, February 23, 2015

Gabon - Woleu-Ntem, Balafon (Wooden Xylophone) Players

Region du Woleu-Ntem (Gabon)
(Regions of Woleu-Ntem, Gabon)

Joueurs de Balafond.
(Players of Balafon.)

Photo: J. Trolez

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Woleu-Ntem is one of Gabon's nine provinces. The provincial capital is Oyem.

The Balophon is a kind of wooden xylophone or percussion idiophone which plays melodic tunes and usually has between 16 to 27 keys.  It has been played in Africa since the 1300s.

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