Awa Dabole - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Awa Dabole

Last updated in October 2019

AAwa Dabolé is a rhythm with beautiful song that I heard during a hunting party in Kolina in Mali. It was sung by Oumou Mariko and on balafon accompanied by Lamin ‘Balani’. From him I learned to play the rhythm, later in Bamako. Nine years later I learned a nicer but more difficult basic pattern from Youssouf Keita. The song calls for the feast (Awa) to begin (Dabolé)! In the first part you will see what starts (Dabolé) and which instruments will play (Kambora). In the second part of the song the players are called with their instruments:

Awa Dabolé Manou, Awa Dabolé Manou
Awa Dabole Anga Balanifo Dabolé Manou, Awa Dabolé
Awa Dabolé Anga Sangbani Kambora Manou, Awa Dabolé
‘Name’ Ka Balani Dabole Manou, Awa Dabolé
‘Name’ Ka Balani Kambora Manou, Awa Dabolé

Sources: Lamin Balani en Oumou Mariko, Bamako, Mali 2007,
Youssouf Keita, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, januari 2016.

Here are some pictures of our trip to Mali and listen to my first acquaintance with this song in Kolina, Mali in 2007

Balafoon Meeting 2011

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