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Balafon-(bala, balaphone), a Manding name, is believed to have developed independent of the South African marimba. It is made up of wooden rods usually played with padded sticks/mallets. Pitch of the notes vary according to such factors as density and weight of the wood, as well as the length, width, and thickness of the wooden rods. Under each rod is a calabash of varying size, which serves as a resonator. The design of the instrument has not changed much over the centuries, however variation exists throughout West Africa, such as the Balangi in Sierra Leone, the Gyil, (pronounced JEE-lee) of the Dahara people from Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire, and the palaku of the ancient Central African Kingdom of Kongo,. Alternately these instruments can be mounted on a frame or stand and played sitting, standing, or attached to a long leather strap to be slung around the neck and played in processionals.
Bakongo Figural Balafon - 6 Bars
Bakongo
DRC, Angola - Congo River Region
Bamileke Balafon - 7 Bars
Bamileke
Cameroon Grasslands
Beti 8-Keyed Balafon (bottom)
Beti
Cameroon
Beti 8-Keyed Balafon (top)
Beti
Cameroon
Beti Mejang (Balafon)
Beti
Cameroon grasslands
Kwela Ceremonial Mask Balafon - 4 Bars
Kwele
Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of Congo
Luba Ceremonial Balafon - 6 Bars
Luba
Democratic Republic of Congo
Mambuti Balafon with Log Resonators - 8 Bars
Mambuti
Democratic Republic of Congo
Mande Balafon - 14-Bars
Mande
West Africa
Mandi Balafon (xylophone) - 20 Bars
Mande
Mali
Shona Ilimba
Shona
Zimbabwe
Bell, Metal-are symbols of power. In African music, bells are recognized as having one of the most resonant and penetrating sounds. They are the master of time, marking the rhythm and maintaining the beat for singing, as well as drumming and dancing. Their voice raises above all the other instrumental sounds, much the same as the king rules over of his subject people. Thus, bells are considered the voice of authority and are an attribute and emblem of power.
Ashanti Figural Bell
Ashanti
Ghana
Bamoun Altar Bell - Crane
Bamoun
Cameroon - Royal Palace, Foumban
Bamoun Altar Bell - Small Bird Figural
Bamoun
Cameroon Grasslands
Benin Altar Bell (A)
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Altar Bell (B)
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Altar Bell (D)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (E)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (F)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Altar Bell (G)
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Bell with Face
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Chief Altar Bell (C)
Edo
Nigeria
Benin Oba Bronze Head-Shaped Bell
Benin
Nigeria
Benin Quadrangular Bell
Benin
Nigeria and Benin
Benin Tunic Bells
Benin
Nigeria
Crotal Bell
Unknown
Ivory Coast
Dinka Cow Bell
Dinka
Southern Sudan
Edo Helmet Mask Bell - Janus Head
Edo
Nigeria and Benin
Gurunsi Ritual Bell with Chameleons
Gurunsi
Chad
Ibo Shrine Bell - Serpents
Ibo (Igbo)
Lower Niger Bronze Industries, Nigeria
Igbo Alter Bell
Ibo (Igbo)
Nigeria
Igbo Bronze Altar Bell
Ibo (Igbo)
Niger River Delta Region
Kota Ceremonial Bell
Kota
Northeastern Region of Gabon
Kuba Puno Spear Bell
Kuba
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Kuba Puno Spear Bell (Handle)
Kuba
Democratic Republic of Congo (Zaire)
Lobi Bell with Blade Finial
Lobi
Burkina Faso
Namji Ancestral Bell
Namji
Cameroon
Ogboni Bell with Blade Finial
Yoruba
Nigeria
Tikar Warrior Bronze Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Altar Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar Anthropomorphic Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Bell
Tikar
Cameroon Grasslands
Tikar Bell with Frog Motif Finial
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Equestrian Figurine Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Equestrian Head Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Tikar Maternity Bronze Bell
Tikar
Cameroon
Voltaic Crotal Bell
Bambara
Burkina Faso
Yoruba
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Altar Head Bell
Yoruba
Nigera
Yoruba Bell with Handle
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Bronze Bell (#1)
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Bronze Bell (#2)
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Face Bell with Blade
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Initiation Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria
Yoruba Obgoni Bell
Yoruba
Southwestern Nigeria, Bénin
Yoruba Omo Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria and Benin
Yoruba Owo Altar Bell
Yoruba
Nigeria
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