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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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…

How to Hold a Kalimba

How to Hold a Kalimba

The first thing you want to do when you recieve your first Kalimba is play it. Based on kalimba up to 17 keys, depending on the size of your instrument, coupled with the size of your hands and length of thumbs, it can feel a little awkward at first. So what is the right way…