What is the kalimba?

- Apr 02, 2019-

The part of the body of the Kalimba is the elastic metal strip with different lengths and the roots, and the wood or gourd is used as the resonance box. In the past, the raw materials of these metal strips were only metals that were melted in the ore and are now made of higher quality steel. The kalimba has many different shapes and the number of steel bars is not necessarily the same.


For example, Zimbabwe’s kalimba is in a wooden round speaker with 22 to 28 steel bars arranged in two rows. It is said that the music played by this instrument not only can drive away the evil spirits of the patient, but also play the role of praying for rain, so it is one of the most popular instruments in Zimbabwe.


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The kalimba is mainly used for accompaniment. When playing, you need to hold the body with both hands and then play with two thumbs. When the thumb is pressed and released, the steel sheet will vibrate and make a sound.


Some of the kalimba will be equipped with some shells or soda bottle caps, so that they can make some “beep” sounds at the same time, or they can be shaken halfway on the table, which will give an echo-like effect, or The sound of the tambourine metal sheet swaying makes the sound more rich. The kalimba is small and easy to carry. When the sunset is over, people will circle it and use it to sing or tell stories. Some natives will carry it along the way when they walk long distances. Also, the structure of the kalimba is easy to carry, the sound is clear and clear, similar to the sound of a music box, but more transparent.



Edit by Bonnie

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