Kalimba

also called thumb piano, metal tongues on a resonance body

Kalimba

Kalimba or also called a thumb piano. Typical African accompanying instrument, the sansula is a special version.

Kalimba or Mbira are African names, in German it is called a thumb piano.
Metal tongues are attached to a hollow resonance body, swinging freely. The kalimba is held between both hands and the thumbs can pluck the tongues. Depending on the length of the tongue, a different tone is created.
The body can be a wooden box, a coconut or a gourd.
A special kalimba is the sansula with an drumskin for resonance. The tongues are not placed on a body but on a small frame drum. In an elegant, oval shape, it nestles well in the hands.

Kalimba

At this Kalimba the resonsance-box is made from a coconut.

with 7 metal tongues, not tuned

Kalimba

Sansula

the sansula is a kalimba, but the resonance comes from a drum skin, so it gives a vibrating sound, pentatonic tuning, dreamful and relaxing

The Sansula is a thumb-piano, also called Kalimba. But here it is fixed on a drumskin.
Because this the instrument become a lot of resonance.
The Sansula is pentatonic tuned in a-minor.
Because the pentatonic tuning it is dreamfull and intuitv to play..

Sansula

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Hapi drum slim

The Hapi slim is very popular in the tuning A minor. In this key it has a very balanced sound. Also, the key of A minor fits well with medieval and traditional music.

A little lower is the tuning in F major. The major pentatonic seems a bit more cheerful than the melancholic minor pentatonic.

A minor A - C - D - E - G - A - C - D

F major F - G - A - C - D - F - G - A

Each hapi comes with two mallets and a bag

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Davul

We Davul in different sizes:

  • 32x18 cm
  • 40 x 25 cm
  • 44 x 25 cm
  • 48 x 30 cm
  • 52 x 30 cm
  • 56 x 30 cm

The most popular sizes are 48 and 52 cm im diameter.
But other sizes are also available.
The colour is a light wood colour like Teak or dark like walnut.

For the skins are goat skins, calf skin or goat with hair abailable.

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