Balafon Workshop in Burkina Faso 2017
From the 9 - 20 JANUARY 2017
This workshop is aimed at balafon players of advanced level who wish to immerse themselves into the music and magic of this instrument in its country of origin.
At Bobo Dioulasso, the second biggest town in Burkina Faso, the Mecca of traditional west-african music.
Our hotel "Zion" lies in Kuinima, a typical popular neighbourhood at ten minute's distance by taxi to the bustling city-center, some hundred meters from late Mahama Konaté's house, the legendary balafola (Farafina). Around the corner begins Bolomakoté, the part of town with many "cabarets" where one can hear –and dance to- authentic live music with balafons, djembés and doundouns.
The lessons take place in the patio of the "Zion" in the shade of the mango trees. The climate at this time of the year is very pleasant, the nights are fresh and there is hardly ever any mosquito. Kuinima lies at the edge of the town on the high plateau, it is possible to walk to Dafra, a canyon with a source where take place fecundity rituals since the dawn of time. And, off course, the market and the ancient part of town (Sya) are definitely well worth a visit.
the "Zion" we have nice and proper 2-bed-rooms, some with a shower inside, and other showers outside in the patio.
The hotel crew with Adama and Odile serves delicious African cuisine, is very nice with humor.
patio hotel "Zion"
Youssouf Keita - griot, balafola and member of the group "Super Zamaza" (to be seen on the DVD "The Balafon with Aly Keita & Gert Kilian") - is the master of the balafon workshop, assisted by Gert Kilian. Traditional pieces with their different accompanying patterns and melodies. Improvisation and solo playing. All participants will have a balafon at their disposal (21 keys, pentatonic in A major). It is possible to buy a balafon and to take it along in a cheap way as registered luggage. The final concert will take place in the "Institut Francais" / Bobo with the workshop-ensemble, but as well with balafon masters from the country.
Kassim und Youssouf Keita
The participants reserve and pay their flight tickets. Every international flight arrives in Ouagadougou. From there goes a (air-conditionned) bus on tared road to Bobo (280 km). We'll keep in touch about your bookings. The bus-tickets and the hotel in Ouagadougou when you arrive and before leaving are included in the workshop-price.
Latest arrival time in Bobo Dioulasso is 08.01 evening
9 to 13.01 workshop from 9:00 am to 12:00 am
workshop from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
14.01 day off
15 to 29.01 workshop from 9:00 am to 12:00 am
workshop from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Price : 1000.-euros (840.-GBP / 1330.-USD)
2 x 5 days lessons, full pension (accommodation & food, mineral water).The price does not include the fee for the visa and the compulsory yellow fever vaccination, drinks from the hotel-bar. The price for a balafon is 400.-euros.
The deadline for the inscription is on the 10th of December 2016
The inscription is valid after a 200.- euros deposit (PayPal payment) to be paid before this date. The rest of the total price (800.-euros) can be paid before leaving or on-the-spot. It is possible to book the arrival or leaving flight sooner / later for those who would like to prolonge their stay.
Maximum number of participants : 7
Information & Inscription
Tel.: (++33) 5 61 97 57 91
You can reserve directly by ordering