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Lasso and His Balafon - Ivory Coast

Lasso and His Balafon - Ivory Coast. I Love Music! 7’

Daniel Bertolino

Lasso is 9 years old and lives in a village in Ivory Coast. His grandfather makes balafons, a respected trade in which the fine-tuning of the instrument is done secretly and is a technique carried on from generation to generation. Lasso says that music is at the center of his life and that it is part ritual, part magic. Sound, music, and the instrument have power and give meaning to their lives. He is preparing for the young musicians’ initiation ceremony, after which he will officially become one of the local balafon players. To get his own balafon, Lasso, already a student for two years, is ready to devote twice as much time to make this dream come true.