A large xylophone having hollow gourds as resonators, used in West African music.
More example sentences
- In Malinke traditional music, men drum and play balafons (xylo-phones made from wood and gourds).
- One composition may highlight the possibilities of the balafon whilst another concentrates on the ngoni or Kora.
- And the tinkle of kora and the woody tones of the balafon xylophone are skillfully combined with the sounds of an Egyptian orchestra.
late 18th century: via French from Manding bala 'xylophone' + fo 'to play'.
Definition of balafon in:
- The British & World English dictionary