Wood, gourd. hide, fabric, vegetable fiber, paper
170 cm (66.9 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joel Breman. X78.1980a-c
This twenty-key bala was purchased in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and is virtually identical to the instrument played by Wamian Kone in Taale Laafi Rosellini’s magisterial film, “Great Great Great Grandparents’ Music” (African Family Films, 1997).
Source: DjeDje, J. C. (1999). “Turn Up the Volume! A Celebration of African Music”, Los Angeles: UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. page 253