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Block kalimbas (also known as table kalimbas): these instruments have a more crystalline sound than the other models, they are designed to optimize the duration of the notes and their resonance thanks to the propagation of sound vibrations by the wooden board (table) that characterizes them.

Resonance box kalimbas: they resonate longer than the previous version, the notes are described as "warmer" and the bass is more powerful.

Acrylic kalimbas: their characteristics are similar to the wooden models, depending on whether it is a block kalimba or a kalimba with a sound box. The main interest of these kalimbas is that they require almost no maintenance (except for a few tunings from time to time). These kalimbas do not suffer from light and humidity, unlike the wooden ones, and because of their greater resistance are more suitable for children.

Electric kalimbas : They can be connected to a microphone for recording, or to an amplifier for those who wish to make their instrument more audible in small concerts or public performances.

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> Presentation of the kalimba african instrument

PRESENTATION OF THE KALIMBA AFRICAN LAMELLOPHONE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT

Invented in Africa about 3,000 years ago, the mbira is a lamellophone instrument made of wood or bamboo. It has traveled throughout the continent, becoming increasingly popular, and is often an important instrument played at religious ceremonies, weddings and other social gatherings. In the 1950s, the mbira was used as a model for the kalimba, a westernized version designed and marketed by Hugh Tracey, a famous ethnomusicologist, causing it to spread in quantity beyond African borders. The kalimba was popularized in large part by the success of Thomas Mapfumo in the 1980s, who brought it to the stage to accompany modern rock instruments such as electric guitar and bass, drums, and brass instruments. Easily transportable, easy to use and affordable, it has since transcended the realm of African musical culture and is being produced on a larger scale to reach a wider, more Western audience for whom the instrument's gentle, soothing sounds are ideal for introducing music to their young children.
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What is Kalimba?

The Kalimba is an instrument of millennial African origin, whose original name is Mbira. The Mbira or Quissange, as it is also known in Brazil, dates back to the age when metal arrived in Africa, more precisely in the southern region of Zimbabwe, where it became a national symbol of Traditional and Contemporary Music. As it was disseminated by various peoples, various shapes and sizes of Kalimba appeared according to each region. The Kalimba belongs to the lamellophone family. Lamellophones are popular throughout Africa, varying in the number of keys, arrangement of the notes, and whether or not they have a resonator, such as a gourd or wooden box to resonate their sound. The first lamellophones appeared in the region where the State of California is located in the United States. They were made of materials such as raffia wood, bamboo and other vegetable matter, dating back to around 1000 B.C. Later, this instrument spread across America, developing differently in each ethnic group, so that each social group attributed to the instrument changes to the original design, giving it its own name. In Africa, it has always been associated with children's education, through countless songs that transmit the wisdom and courage of many peoples. Until today it is common to find groups of children on their way to school singing such songs in their Kalimbas.