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Sub-prefecture and town
Niagassola is located in Guinea
Location in Guinea
Coordinates: 12°19′N 9°07′W / 12.317°N 9.117°W / 12.317; -9.117
Country  Guinea
Region Kankan Region
Prefecture Siguiri Prefecture
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Niagassola is a town and sub-prefecture in the Siguiri Prefecture in the Kankan Region of north-eastern Guinea.[1]It is located near the border with Mali. It has no electricity and three water pumps.[2]

The town is the home of the world's oldest balafon and an important object for the Maninka people, the 13th century Sosso-Bala, which has been labeled as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.[3]


  1. ^ "Subprefectures of Guinea". Statoids. Retrieved April 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ Rothblatt, Raul. "Preserving the Sosso Bala". Jumpie Records. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 
  3. ^ "The Cultural Space of ‘Sosso-Bala’ in Niagassola". UNESCO. Retrieved 2007-09-06. 

Coordinates: 12°19′N 9°07′W / 12.317°N 9.117°W / 12.317; -9.117