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Kalimbas (Mbiras, Sansas, Likembes, Thumb Pianos, Finger Harps)

Kalimbas (also called mbiras, sansas, likembes or thumb pianos) are a plucked idiophone unique to Africa and widely distributed throughout the continent. It is commonly played as an accompaniment to song, but in some areas it is used for purely instrumental music. Kalimbas have played a part in African culture for 800 years. After work in the evening, Africans sit in a circle, tell beautiful stories, sing and play kalimba. They are also used to pass the time on long journeys on foot.

The kalimba consists of a set of tuned metal or bamboo tongues of varying length fitted to a board, box or calabash resonator, their free ends being twanged by the player's thumbs and fingers. Board mounted kalimbas are often played inside gourds or bowls for increased resonance. The sound of a kalimba is both rich and intimate - somewhat like a steel drum or marimba or xylophone, but with a character of its own - and goes well with guitar, flute, or any hand percussion - or more kalimbas. There are serious jazz groups that feature kalimbas, and colleges offer courses that include performance and the culture of the kalimba. The kalimba is a serious instruments, not a toy.

Dobani Kalimba, Box, Black, 8 Keys ( KLMBB ) Dobani Kalimba, Box, Black, 8 Keys
Kalimba, flat natural finish 7" x 4", 8 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$18.80
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Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural w/Stripes, 8 keys ( KLMBS ) Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural w/Stripes, 8 keys
Kalimba Box, natural finish with stripes 7" x 4-1/2", 8 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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Dobani Kalimba, Box, Black, 12 Keys ( KLMBB-12 ) Dobani Kalimba, Box, Black, 12 Keys
Box Kalimba with black finish 5W x 8L inches, and 12 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$26.90
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Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural , 8 keys ( KLMBN ) Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural , 8 keys
Kalimba, flat natural finish 7" x 4 1/2", 8 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$18.80
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Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural, 12 Keys ( KLMBN-12 ) Dobani Kalimba, Box, Natural, 12 Keys
Box Kalimba with natural finish 5W x 8L inches, and 12 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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$26.90
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Dobani Kalimba, Flat, Natural, 8 keys ( KLMFN ) Dobani Kalimba, Flat, Natural, 8 keys
Kalimba, flat natural finish, 7" x 4", 8 steel keys. Made in India. (Out of Stock)
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Dobani Thumb Piano, Large ( THMP ) Dobani Thumb Piano, Large
Rosewood thumb piano, 5" x 7", 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. Made in Pakistan.
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$43.00
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Dobani Thumb Piano, Spruce, Large ( THMP-SBS ) Dobani Thumb Piano, Spruce, Large
Rosewood thumb piano, with solid spruce soundboard. There are 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. 5" x 7". Made in Pakistan. (Out of Stock)
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$43.00
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Dobani Thumb Piano, Small ( THMS ) Dobani Thumb Piano, Small
Rosewood thumb piano, 3" x 5", 8 steel keys. Made in Pakistan.
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$32.20
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Dobani Thumb Piano, Large with Rounded Back ( THMR ) Dobani Thumb Piano, Large with Rounded Back
Rosewood and Lacewood thumb piano, 5 inches x 7 inches, 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. It has a rounded back. Made in Pakistan.
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$53.00
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Dobani Thumb Piano, Thumb Piano, Flat ( THMF ) Dobani Thumb Piano, Thumb Piano, Flat
6.5 inches by 4.5 inches rosewood thumb piano with 8 steel keys. Made in Pakistan.
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$27.40
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Ethnic Musical Instruments