Mandou Ba Haminee Pas - Bambara - Balafoonritme - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Mandou Ba Haminee Pas

Last updated on 1 March 2020

M Start rhythm for many children who start playing balafon.
Children who show an interest in the balaphone get the chance to try it out freely and rattle happily when they crawl behind a balafon (this can be very young). The fun is the most important and in the meantime the children get to know and recognize the beams of the balafon. They can also test their sense of rhythm and become familiar with the tones and harmonies. In a playful way, for example, the song of Mandou Ba Haminee Pas (which they already know) is introduced on the balafon when they have mastered this rhythm, then they are apparently ready to continue with the balafon. The father then knows that chin has the potential to develop into a real player. If they have mastered this rhythm, then apparently they are ready to continue with the balafon

‘All the children of Mandou are not satisfied with their mother.
What she is sometimes strict!’

Children sing along the (Bambara) song of Mandou Ba Haminee Pas as the literal text in the pattern A.
If you can play pattern A, and you sit on the other side of the balaphone and play the same motor skills (with the cross on the other hand), you also have a matching pattern!


Youssouf & Kassoum Keita, Konsankuy, Mali 2011,
Youssouf Keita, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, January 2017

Update history
  • 12 August 2019: New!
  • 1 March 2020: Added more information
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