Enhancing Your Musical Experience with the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody

Welcome to my comprehensive guide on the B11 Melody from Hokema Kalimbas, an extraordinary musical instrument offering a unique and enchanting experience for beginners and experienced musicians. In this article, I delve into the world of this remarkable kalimba, exploring its features, benefits, and how it can elevate your musical journey. Join us as we uncover the wonders of the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody!

Introduction to the Hokema B11 Kalimba and its features

MaterialSolid American black cherry wood corpus
Measurements5.5″x 4.1″x 2.4″ 
TuningG-Major: G, A, E, D, C, G, D, F#, B, A
Price$81.00 Correct as of 16th July 2023 – Check below

What is the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody?

The Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody is a meticulously crafted thumb piano known as a kalimba or mbira. It is handcrafted with precision and care by skilled artisans, resulting in an instrument of exceptional quality and musicality. The B11 Kalimba Melody is designed to produce beautiful melodies and captivating rhythms, making it a perfect companion for musicians of all levels.

What I Love about the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody

You may or may not be aware, but i have quite the collection of Hokema Kalimbas, call it an obsession if you will. Of all of my collection of 6, I think this is the go-to instrument for a few reasons.

The Scale is versatile, providing lots to explore. The B5 and B7, although superb introductory models, can be outgrown relatively quickly, whereas, for a beginner, the B11 provides a veritable Amazon to explore with your own creativity whilst remaining small enough to learn on.

I liken this one very much to the Hokema B9 Electro in the brightness of the scale, although this is a G-Major against the B9’s A-Minor, making it possible to create a more cheerful set of melodies. Though preference is subjective, Minor scales can provide moodier, darker melodies.

The other benefit for me is that it remains an excellent size to fit into any hands and not stretch those thumbs too much like the B17 can. Outside of the Sansula Renaissance, this is by far my favourite kalimba from Hokema.

Hokema B11 Pro

Unparalleled Craftsmanship

The Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody stands out for its exquisite craftsmanship, incorporating traditional techniques and materials. Each kalimba is meticulously constructed from high-quality solid wood, ensuring durability and enhancing its tonal characteristics. The resonant soundboard is skillfully shaped to deliver optimal sound projection and sustain, allowing you to create mesmerizing melodies that resonate with your audience.

Melodic Range and Tuning

Tuning – G-major: g,a,e,d,c,g,d,g,f#,b,a

With its 11 precisely tuned keys, the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody offers a versatile melodic range that spans multiple octaves. The keys are arranged intuitively, enabling easy navigation and quick learning for both beginners and experienced players. Whether exploring traditional African melodies, experimenting with contemporary compositions, or adding melodic embellishments to your existing repertoire, the B11 Kalimba Melody empowers you to express your musical ideas with precision and creativity.

Ergonomic Design for Enhanced Playability

The Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody is thoughtfully designed with ergonomics in mind, ensuring a comfortable playing experience for musicians of all ages. Its compact size and lightweight construction allow for easy portability, making it a great companion for musicians on the go. The rounded edges and smooth surfaces of the kalimba provide a tactile pleasure, allowing your fingers to effortlessly glide across the keys as you bring your melodies to life.


Hokema Softbag for B11 Kalimba $32

Keep your precious Kalimba safe with the new Kalimba B11 Softbag, featuring unbeatable protection you can trust. With a reinforced fiberglass exterior, fully padded interior and adjustable strap, this softbag delivers premium protection without compromising its lightweight and durable design.

Accessories and Customization Options

A range of accessories and customisation options are available to enhance your playing experience and personalize your Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody. From protective cases and bags for safe transportation to decorative stickers and engravings, you can customize your kalimba to reflect your unique style and personality. These options add a touch of personalization and protect your instrument and ensure its longevity.

Expanding Your Musical Horizons

The Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody is a gateway to a world of musical exploration and self-expression. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to embark on a musical journey or an experienced musician looking to expand your sonic palette, this kalimba opens doors to new realms of creativity. Its intuitive nature, combined with the ability to produce soul-stirring melodies, empowers you to unleash your musical potential and captivate your audience.


In conclusion, the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody is an exceptional musical instrument that brings musicians joy, creativity, and enchantment worldwide. Its meticulous craftsmanship, versatile melodic range, and ergonomic design make it a standout choice for beginners and professionals. Incorporating the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody into your musical repertoire will unlock a world of possibilities and elevate your musical experience to new heights. Unleash your creativity, captivate your audience, and let the melodies of the B11 Kalimba Melody transport you to a realm of musical bliss.

Unlock the world of musical magic with the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody and embark on an extraordinary journey of melody, rhythm, and self-expression. Elevate your musical prowess and let your creativity soar with this remarkable thumb piano. Get your hands on the Hokema B11 Kalimba Melody today and discover the enchantment that awaits you!

My Kalimba Collection

My personal collection of Hokema Kalimbas extends through – the B5B7 and B9 Electro versions, the B11 Melody, The B17 and, of course, a Sansula Rennaisance. You can even catch one of my Handpans in the background here.

A personal collection of Hokema Kalimbas

Reviews of my Other Kalimbas

Hokema Sansula Renaissance

Sansula Renaissance A Minor $208

Introducing the Hokema Kalimba Sansula Renaissance, a fusion of the captivating Kalimba and resonating Sansula. Handcrafted with precision, this instrument delivers exceptional sound quality, and exquisite craftsmanship.

Hokema B17 Kalimba

Hokema B17 C Major $149

Hokema, known for its high-quality, handcrafted musical instruments, offers the B17 C Major Kalimba, which is highly versatile and intuitive for beginners and advanced players.

Hokema B9 Electro Pro

B9 Electro A-Minor $119

The Hokema Kalimba B9 Electro is an electrically amplified thumb piano tracing its roots in traditional African music. Meticulous craftsmanship and stringent tuning of its metal keys deliver enchanting rhythms.

Hokema B7 Electro Kalimba

B7 Electro C-Pentatonic $119

The Hokema Kalimba B7 is a modern interpretation of the traditional African thumb piano, renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship, high-quality material, and excellent sound quality. Ideal for various music genres

Hokema B5 Pocket Kalimba $43

A small, travel-friendly kalimba instrument, the Hokema B5 is a great option. It’s also one of the best quality mini-kalimbas on the market, making it an excellent choice for beginner musicians.

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