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Brightly Painted Coconut Kalimba / Thumb piano / Mbira
Most people are familiar with the classic drumming of Africa, however less might recognize the delicate tunes of the African thumb piano — the Kalimba instrument. About years ago, it was first discovered on the west coast of Africa, but soon went on to spread to the rest of this music delighted continent. Every different cultural group in Africa embraced it and made their own version of this elegant instrument, meaning the Kalimba instrument truly is an instrument deeply embedded in the African musical heritage.
Our colourful coconut kalimba make a lovely sound when you play them. They are hand painted with various animal designs, being hand painted each kalimba is different, so you have a unique instrument! You play the kalimba by holding it in your hands with the metal prongs pointing towards you, the prongs or keys are then played with the thumbs. The Kalimbas are tuned to the oriental scale but can easily be tuned as desired by losen the screws, moving the keys and retightening the screws. The base is made from a hand polished coconut, as coconuts are a natural product the size does vary but our kalimbas are approximately 15 cm 6 " in diameter.