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or bal·a·phone  (bäl′ə-fōn′)
A large, usually pentatonic xylophone of West African origin, consisting of resonating gourds of graduated sizes under wooden bars which are struck with mallets.

[French balafon, from Maninka bala fɔ, to play the balafon (from bala, balafon + , to say, speak, play an instrument) or from a kindred source in another Mande language.]
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Graceful interlocking guitar lines, the resonant clunk of the balaphone, some of those wonderful West African female choruses, the great Cuban bassist Cachaito in to hold everything up, and, above it all, one of the most gorgeous voices on the planet.