In Burkina Faso, west Africa, the Mossi play flutes to accompany the music of balafons and the rapid beat of drums during ceremonies and mask performances. They are played in groups of 5 to 7 or more men. Each flute is played in a set of notes with a complex, but very repetitive tune. Since the languages in this area are tonal, flutes can imitate the tonal patterns of spoken phrases, as well those in songs. 7 1/2 inches tall, this example is carved in low relief, and comes with its own stand.
NOTE: When displayed on the included custom made stand, this flute reaches a height of 7.75"