The balafon is a tuned West African percussion instrument. It is the ancestor of the marimba, xylophone and vibraphone, and has been known of in the Malian Empire since the 12th century. There are different types of balafons but the balafon taught in Kirina is the Malinké balafon, whose notes are displayed from left to right on a chromatic scale.

This instrument is taught at:
École De Musique de Kirina – Mali