7 Types of Kalimba (Inc Sansula, Electro & Array Mbira)

7 Types of Kalimba (Inc Sansula, Electro & Array Mbira)

The Kalimba is a traditional African instrument that originates from the Shona people of Zimbabwe, used for centuries as an accompaniment to songs, dances, and rituals. Types of Kalimba vary by shape and sound, but they are all made up of keys or tines, creating different pitches when plucked with the thumbs, which is why…

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Understand Steel Types for Handpans: Nitrided, Stainless & Ember

Understand Steel Types for Handpans: Nitrided, Stainless & Ember

Steel is used to make handpans. There are three different types used to create a handpan: nitrided steel, the ever-growing in popularity stainless steel, and most latterly ember steel. It seems today we are seeing everyone making stainless steel as it has the ability to withstand rusting and aging better than other types of steel….

What is a Chromatic Kalimba and Why You Might Want One

What is a Chromatic Kalimba and Why You Might Want One

A chromatic Kalimba is different from standard kalimbas you may already be aware of. They have more tines and notes and tuned to a different scale. They are more closely related to the original African Mbira which were the inspiration for this largely unknown but well-loved percussion instrument. So let’s find out: What is a…