Sanata - Balafonrhythms - Burkina Faso - Paul Nas
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Pentatonic balafon


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


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.


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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