Bo Yaro - Bobo - Mali / Burkina Faso - Balafonrhythms - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Bo Yaro

Last updated 6 January 2023

Dutch French

BBo Yaro is a Bobo balafon piece that helps the farmers in the field, by giving them a steady rhythm in which they can work. Farmers are called ‘Danveillaro’ in the Bobo language. Bo Yaro = the young Bobo man. On the video Youssouf Keita (right) and his nephew Kassim Keita play the piece; Kassim sings his version. His wife Fatumata had a slightly different text, but she is originally from another tribe, with a different language. But her version eventually sang slightly easier. (joho, the young Bobo, the ones from Mali; when harvest is good, the land is good!

The way Fatoumata sung this song

Ya i Bo Yaro, Mali djie-èra, Ya i Bo Yaro, Mali djie-èra
ya ho marida a, o lo oji-a-o, to-a fè na

The way Kassim sung this song

Ya i ya o, wa toung ji ra, Ya i ya o, wa toung ji ra
Tia wouree ma wena mena, Holo dji to-a, tou se sin

Frédéric Induni created an interesting Cuban version. You can listen to it  here.


Youssouf & Kassoum Keita, Konsankuy, Mali 2012, (text song Fatoumata Keita)

Update history
  • 6 January 2023: Sound files and Percussion Studio minor correction made.
  • 14 September 2021: Break: adjusted notation, some text and layout corrections
  • 10 September 2021: Layout improved (and shortened)
  • 11 May 2021: Added extra (slow) practising mp3’s.
  • 2 March 2020: Small adaption PDF with new break
  • 8 December 2019: Added Solo frases
  • 30 October 2018: New!
1 Comment
  • Frédéric Induni
    Posted at 16:11h, 22 November Reply

    Dude thanx for the link

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