Professional Mali Balafon – Pentatonic Key of C, 16 blades, Pair of Mallets included

The Paragon Heartwood Mali Balafon in C Pentatonic is a professional-grade bala with 5-tone C major tuning featuring a hardwood frame, bala wood keys, and a pair of gum-tree mallets. Hand crafted by cultural artisans in Bamako, Mali.

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Product Description

This Paragon Heartwood Mali Balafon in C Pentatonic is a professional-grade bala, handcrafted by traditional artisans in Bamako. The pentatonic tuning is rare on the market and is made only at our request. The balafon (BA-la-fone), also known as a bala, or balaphone, is built and tuned to serve as a legitimate high-end, professional instrument, imported from Mali. Each instrument is built by hand using traditional tools and techniques by cultural artisans supported by non-profit The accurate tuning of the blades is impressive, and the sound created with the buzzing gourds is enchanting and bright. Tuning is pentatonic with major tonality and no semi-tones in the key of C. Each bala comes with a pair of natural gum mallets, and the following features:

  • 16 blades per bala covering over three octaves
  • Pentatonic tuning sequence is CDEGA-CDEGA-CDEGA-C, +/- 1/4 step
  • Hare or bala wood keys, hand tuned and smoked to dry and seal and prevent pitch warping
  • Strong bamboo, hardwood, and sinew frame, suited for transport. Dimensions: 44in L; 19in W; 8in H.
  • Accurately sized gourds with cellophane-covered holes for the buzzing effect
  • Pair of natural gum mallets, perfect for bringing out optimal sound quality
  • Actual bala will vary slightly from photos above, but will match written description

Sizes & Prices

Model Size Description Retail Price (USD)
BALAMDP 46"x19"x13" Pro Pentatonic Mali bala $750




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