For Monique Derksen I checked her Guinean balafoon. She bought it at the time via Arafan Touré. A b...
When I started teaching, I had to have baloons that were tuned and I began to loosen the various balafons that were bought through the marketplace and to vote. Gradually I gained more skills in this area and during my travels to Burkina Faso and Mali I gained extra knowledge that I used during restoration and maintenance. For example, in recent years I have learned a profession as a traditional repairer of balafons.
I can now also make a new frame from the beautiful balafons that Youssouf Keita makes. Youssouf always signs his own balafons with ‘Keita’ and has given me permission to provide baloons that were made with his sound bars and gourds, for which I made a frame, with the signature “Keita-Nas”!
Do you have your balafon refurbished? Is there a gourd missing or is there a broken one? Is the frame broken is there too much play? Are the sound bars no longer fixed properly? Noises? Do you want a new frame or a new suspension system? All possible questions can be submitted and in consultation a price is set. Do you only want advice on how to maintain or repair your balafon yourself? I also like to do that. All repairs take place in traditional traditional manner.
Frame, keys and gourds
Sometimes a broken gourd can be repaired
Here twice to see at a ‘hanging frame’