A woman and two men stand next to each other on a stage posing for a photo. The man in the middle wears a medal with a red, blue, and gold ribbon.

Balafon player and djeli Balla Kouyaté from Medford, Massachusetts, is presented with a medal in honor of his 2019 National Heritage Fellowship by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter and Director of Folk and Traditional Arts Clifford Murphy at the 2019 National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony. Photo by Tom Pich