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Group and individual lessons on the pentatonic balafon on location in The Netherlands. Supported with schematic and audio lesson material. Hire balaphones available.

Study material Balafon

More than 50 Balafon rhythms from West Africa are available as study material for reference or self-study. Schematic for everyone to read and audio for playing together.

Djembé Study material

The ‘WAP-pages for West-African Percussion’ have been a standard for anyone who wants to learn to play the djembe and accompanying bass drums for more than 10 years. Schematics and audio files.

Performances & Workshops

A performance in traditional atmosphere or a cross-over performance? But also workshops with balafon, percussion and singing. With or without a nice story to go with it!

Maintenence & Repair

Stringing, tuning of sound bars, frame repairs, gourd replacement. Advice and guidance on maintenance. Everything in the African traditional way

Workshop in Burkina Faso

Take lessons from Youssouf Keita in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Learn on the spot 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 at Youssou Keita. As a griot he was trained early in the secrets of the balafon. Together with his brother Aly Keita he developed a modern type of balafon made with artisan knowledge. The best Balafoon players in the world opt for baloons built by Youssouf. 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 baloons and maintaining them. Youssouf Keita can be reached by e-mail, telephone, Whatsapp and Facebook. / 022678280122/022676621693
Facebook: Youssouf Keita (Bobo Dioulasso, Abidjan)

Youssouf Keita


You may have thought: “I’d love to build my own balafon! What is normally done in Mali, ...

This summer, I carried out a repair of a Timbila, a sound bar instrument used by the Chopi from Moza...

As Youssouf was coming to the Netherlands  I had already planned a Balafonmeeting when he would be ...