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

Mandou Ba Haminee Pas

Last updated on 28 April 2022


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 / Djoula) 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!

In Bobo we also saw that children start playing with balafon at a young age. Here’s a group practicing. It was right on our corner, on the street where our Hotel Zion is located.

Children praticing on ‘Mandou Ba Hamine Pas’ in Konsankuy, Mali

Children praticing in the streets of Kwinima, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso


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

Update history
  • 28 April 2022: PDF made more compacte
  • 1 March 2020: Added more information
  • 12 August 2019: New!
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