Blindfolded balafonsolo - Paul Nas
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Blindfolded balafonsolo

On March 24, 2018 during a benefit evening for Medecins sans Frontiere with Hanneke Duijkers and Anton Sluijtman I made a contribution in the form of a (partly blindfolded) balafon performance. Anton accompanied with percussion, Hanneke and myself played balafon. It was the introduction to a dance evening with World Music, which was organized by Gregoor van Zummeren in Heyhoef Ward Center in Tilburg (where he also teaches Yoga lessons) We played some songs from our repertoire and concluded with a blindfolded solo on the song “C’est ne pas Bon” by Amadou & Mariam It was a tribute to these two Malian musicians who are both blind but still make beautiful and beautiful Malinese music that appeals to the rest of the world.

Amadou en Mariam

How do blind people play balafon?

It also brought me to the question of how do the blind actually play balafon. I have seen it in Burkina Faso. I also wanted to experience how that feels for myself. I had also taken a balafoon in D major tuning. This tuning is also used in the song in question. The song “C’est ne pas Bon” is purely pentatonic and that also makes it relatively easy to solder. Even though you might not hit the intended sound bar, in a melody line it is not disturbing and can even be seen as a beautiful solo line! Fun to do and show to everyone who plays on the pentatonic balafon that soldering is fun and not always difficult. I realize that playing a pattern, where precision is more important, is a lot more difficult. I have a lot of respect for the blind who still play (still) balafoon. On the picture below you see a bara player who is blind. In the underlying movie he is the balafonist and singer in a ‘Cabaret’ in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. In the video below you can see that I also try …. On March 24, 2018 during a benefit evening for Doctors Without Borders with Hanneke Duijkers and Anton Sluijtman a contribution in the form of a balafoon performance. Anton accompanied with percussion, Hanneke and myself played balafon. It was the introduction to a dance evening with World Music, which was organized by Gregoor van Zummeren in Heyhoef Ward Center in Tilburg (where he also teaches Yoga lessons) We played some songs from our repertoire and concluded with a blindfolded solo on the song “C’est ne pas Bon” by Amadou & Mariam It was a tribute to these two Malian musicians who are both blind but still make beautiful and beautiful Malinese music that appeals to the rest of the world.

Paul Nas
paul@paulnas.nl
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