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Arouna and Zaza Diarra at the Musical Instrument Museum: Tiny Desert Concert

Arouna Diarra is a 12th-generation musician from Burkina Faso who makes his own instruments — including the kamale n’goni, which is similar to a harp. He’s also adept with a xylophone.

Diarra performed for The Show at the Musical Instrument Museum, and later The Show spoke with him and his wife Zaza to learn about their music and their history together.

If you’re in a band, or you know of one that you’d like to hear play for us, send us a note at [email protected].

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