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Pentatonic balafon

Nambara Mogo

New on the website on 28 November 2021

N Nambara Mogo (Namoromogho) is a Bambara rhythm from Mali / Burkina Faso. The song sings that liars / swindlers should leave the village, the city, the place here.
I have looked at three sources and attributed them to each other. I took Youssouf Keita’s as my starting point. I have adapted the presentations of Aly Keita and Moussa Hema in such a way that they can be played to the rhythms of Youssouf.

Youssouf sang:
Temme ka bwanga dougou la nambara mogo
Temme ka bwanga dougou la kologo dougou
Temme ka bwanga dougou la suo tsjila

Text Moussa Hema:
Teme ca bo, anka dougou ra, nambara mogo

nambara (= profiteurs), mogo (= people), tema (= leave),
dougou (= village / city), bo (= outside), anka (= ours)

  • Youssouf plays the melody throughout in the low register of the balafon.
  • When the soloist bass starts to play pattern E, the accompanying balafon (which normally plays pattern A,) switches to pattern B.
  • In some versions, two extra measures are played in the melody beforehand, ending with the low crosses, and then the last two measures (starting with the high asterisks are played twice). This brings the melody due s to 12 measures instead of 8.


Youssouf & Kassim Keita (Pattern A, B C & E) in Konsankuy, Mali 2012.
Adrian Egger & Moussa Hema; ‘Der Stimme der Balafon’ (Pattern D)
Aly Keita & Gert Kilian; ‘Le Balafon’ (Pattern C & E)

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  • 28 November 2021: New
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