What is a Balafon?
Balafon is the name for a type of West African wooden xylophone. It is an ancient instrument, dating back at least 800 years! There are two main types of balafon:
- Pentatonic - this type of balafon has a five note scale. In a way, this tuning is similar to the intervals of the black keys on the piano.
- Diatonic - this type of balafon has a seven note scale. This tuning is like the intervals of the white keys on the piano.