BALA-BILA is an evening length production produced by Tertulia that brings together two African master musicians–Balla Kouyate on balafon, percussion and bass, and Matchume Zango on timbila, mbira, percussion and voice–in an intercultural musical conversation that is woven together through a soundscape of pre-recorded interviews with the two artists.
Both the balafon (representing Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire) and the timbila (Mozambique) are part of the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Tim-bila is plural, and m-bila is singular.
Balla Kouyate is a renowned balafon player and “djeli” who is originally from Mail and currently based in the U.S.
Matchume Zango is a master timbila player, percussionist, composer and producer from Maputo, Mozambique.
BALA-BILA is available for booking in the U.S. and Canada in Sept/Oct 2023.