Ma Waa Debwenu Baria A - Bwaba - Balafonrhythms - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Ma Waa Debwenu Baria A

last updated on 5 March 2023

Dutch French

M Ma Waa Debwenu Baria A is a Bwaba rhythm from Mali / Burkina Faso, created by Youssouf Keita. His wife Bintou suffered a stroke and he prayed to his God and his ancestors that she would recover, because he despaired that she would not recover. He promised that he would make a piece of music if she recovered. Thanks to fast transport to the hospital, the diagnosis was made quickly and she could immediately receive the right treatment. From the Netherlands, several balafola helped with some support to buy good care and some physiotherapy. After she partially recovered, Youssouf made this song in the Bwaba tradition. During our stay in Bobo we could see for ourselves that Bintou was doing well and had picked up her life well.

Ma Waa Debwenu, Baria, Baria A
A Fo Ma Samou
O Dou Ba, Li-o Wah, Wuree Wah

Thank you to our God and ancestors, Thank you
for your generosity
and blessings, for us, for you and for me

Regarding the playing of solo accompaniment patterns after playing the melody: If you want to join immediately, or after six beats, use the first half (1st bar, [X ▲]-harmony) of the pattern to start. If you want to break-in after three beats, use the second half (2nd bar, [O /] harmony) of the pattern to start.

Ma Waa Debwenu Baria A

During the summer of 2022, I was able to buy several batches of Padouk wood through a safe. This gave me the opportunity to start making balafons from scratch. The only thing I still need to find some of is gourds. Youssouf has already reported that he can send them.


Youssouf Keita, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, January 2022.

Update geschiedenis
  • 5 March 2023: English and French version plus instructional video
  • 4 January 2023: Soundfiles corrected.
  • 10 october 2022: First Dutch version
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