The Balafon is my Passion - Paul Nas
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Balafon courses

Balafon courses

Group and individual lessons on the pentatonic balafon on location in the Netherlands. Supported with schematic and audio teaching materials. Rental instruments available.

Awa Dabole

Study material Balafon

Over 50 Balafon rhythms from West Africa are available as study material for reference or self study. Schematic for everyone readable. Also audio for ensemble play.


Study material Djembé

The ‘WAP pages for West-African Percussion’ have been a standard for all those who want to learn to play Djembé and accompanying bass drums for more than 10 years.

Optredens & Workshops

Performance & Workshop

Getting to know  my different styles of music. A performance in a traditional style or a cross-over performance with ‘Dalaba’. But also workshops with Balafon, percussion and singing. Always with a nice story!

Balafon Maintenance & Repair

Maintenance & Repair

A complete instrument repair or just tightening rope work, tuning of the keys, frame repairs, replacing calabashes. Advice and assistance with your own maintenance. All repairs in an African traditional way.

Going to Burkina Faso

Study tour Burkina Faso

Taking lessons from professional teacher  the ‘griot’ Youssouf Keita at Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Learn local rhythms that have never been recorded before. Go on a study trip to the cultural capital of West Africa!


The majority of my balafon knowledge I have gained in Burkina Faso and Mali from Youssou Keita. As a griot he was trained early in the secrets of this instrument from his father. Together with his brother Aly Keita he developed a modern type of balafon made with artisan knowledge. The best players in the world choose for balafons built by Youssouf Keita. Once a year I travel together with other balafola to Bobo Dioulasso to take lessons from him. We also visit his studio and learn about making good balafons and maintaining them. Youssouf Keita can be reached by e-mail, telephone, Whatsapp and Facebook. / 022678280122/022676621693
Facebook: Youssouf Keita (Bobo Dioulasso, Abidjan)

Youssouf & Paul


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