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Sunday, October 11, 2009


The Kalimba is a musical instrument invented in southern Africa some 3000 years ago. The name kalimba is a Bantu word which basically means "little music" and aka African thumb piano. Simply made from a wooden box and a few tines of flattened metal are plucked with the thumb or fingers, and the reed vibrations are amplified by a hollow box resonator or a sounding board.

An Englishman by the name of Hugh Tracey, fell in love with African music and was instrumental in setting up a company called African Musical Instruments (AMI). AMI was responsible for exporting the first kalimba commercially out of Africa in the late 1950s. Tracey founded the The International Library of African Music (ILAM) in 1954, and become its director. ILAM publishes the African Music Society Journal.

A few artists, including Earth, Wind & Fire, Jo Mango, King Crimson and Laura Barrett, have also incorporated the kalimba into Western pop music styles.

Need more information about Kalimba kindly click HERE or Wikipedia

2 muzika comments:

Mei Teng said...

The thumb piano is an interesting piece of musical instrument.

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CheaHS@n said...

Hi Mei Teng ~ thanks for the visit and comments. Looking forward to more of your travel experiences in your blog.