X78.1980a-c Xylophone

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Xylophone
Yayi Coulibaly
Mali
Wood, gourd. hide, fabric, vegetable fiber, paper
1947
170 cm (66.9 in)
Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Joel Breman. X78.1980a-c

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Description

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

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