Kalimba is a melodic instrument that holds great cultural significance and has gained popularity worldwide for its beautiful and distinct sound. Whether you're a seasoned musician or a beginner, the kalimba's compact size makes it accessible and enjoyable for all.

HISTORY

The kalimba has deep roots in Africa, spanning nearly 3000 years. Originally known as the Mbira, it served as a musical accompaniment to stories, rituals, and social gatherings. Over time, it evolved into the modern kalimba we know today, with improvements in both design and functionality.

CONSTRUCTION

A kalimba consists of metal tines of various lengths affixed to a wooden resonating body. These metal tines produce different tones, while the wooden body enhances the sound's resonance. There are several types of kalimbas available, each offering unique features and tonal qualities.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT KALIMBA

When selecting a kalimba, consider factors such as the number of tines and the pitch. Common options include 10 or 17-toned kalimbas in the key of C major. The more tines a kalimba has, the wider the range of notes you can play. Additionally, chromatic kalimbas offer expanded tonal possibilities beyond the traditional diatonic scale.

PLAYING TECHNIQUES

Playing the kalimba is a joyous experience that requires minimal effort. Grasp the instrument with both hands and use your thumbs to press and release the metal tines, creating vibrations that resonate through the body. You can create melodies and explore chord structures by pressing multiple tines simultaneously. With practice, you can master the art of combining melodies and accompaniments. 

Explore our wide selection of kalimbas in the dedicated "Kalimbas" section of our store. Alternatively, visit us at Ulbrokas Street 30, where our knowledgeable staff will assist you in finding the perfect kalimba to suit your preferences and skill level.
We are committed to helping you embark on a musical journey filled with the enchanting melodies of the kalimba.