Balafon classes

Group and private classes by Adama Daou

Adama Daou is a Malian musician who developed his learning of African drums (djembe, dumdum, calabash and balafon) by participating to traditional ceremonies during his childhood. In addition to touring across Europe, Canada and the United States, Adama regularly hosts African percussion & dance classes and workshops. Thanks to a training in leisure & youth activities, he also acts as a coach in schools and as a social-cultural worker with young offenders.

Learn balafon through individual or group lessons

A 16-blade xylophone, the pentatonic balafon is an emblematic instrument of Malian and Burkinabe cultures. At the Center des musicians du monde, this instrument is taught by Adama Daou, an accomplished musician, teacher and great improviser. Students will be introduced to traditional repertoires and the art of improvising based on notions studied in class.

Class Content & Objectives

  • Oral learning and musical ear development
  • Basic repertoire of the instrument
  • Basic & Advanced Balafon Techniques
  • Coordination with both hands
  • Improvisational notions
  • General understanding of Malian & Burkinabese cultures

Individual classes


60 minute class

10 lessons course: 470 $