Sanata - Balafonrhythms - Burkina Faso - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon

Sanata

Last updated 9 February 2020

S Sanata is a popular balafon rhythm with song from Mali and Burkina Faso. In the song is called to every member of outr group, (including Sanata), to gather with the boys / girls of the (age) group. In the second half of the song is sung: aha, there he (Sanata, the name of a girl) already arrives.

“Shall we meet up and call all our friends, like Sanata [other names, balafonplayers] to join? Ah ha, I see her [them] already coming”.

Manna manna koema mi bao da, am ben na do Sanata tho na

A- ah – ah Ni koni kadi, A- ah – ah Ni koni kadi

or:

Manna manna koema mi bao daauw be na doe do balani twa na)

A- ah – ah Ni koni kadi, A- ah – ah Ni koni kadi

(instead of ‘Sanata’ you can also sing ‘balani’, name, etc)

 

This is a recording of the song played on the equi-pentatonische balafon. The text of the lyrics is clear to hear also. Also in the video below of Aboubacar Konaté, another interpretation of Sanata on the equi-pentatonic balafon. In this instrument the octave devided in five equal parts. So there are several keys that don’t match any of our usual tones.

Sources:

Haruna Dembele, France, 2008, Gert Kilian, Toulouse, 2010, Fatumata Keita (song), Mali 2011, Youssouf Keita, Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, 2016, 2020.

update history
  • 9 Februari 2020: Changed text: Sanata is the name of a girl!
  • 8 December 2019: Added variation in Echauffement (E2)
  • 31 October 2018: Patterns build up in difficulty
  • May 2018: New!
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