The Kalimba – gentle tones from Africa

The Kalimba is a musical instrument that belongs to the lamellophones. The instruments consist of a box or a simple board that acts as a resonating body and on which metal tongues are attached. The lamellas are plucked with the fingers. While doing so, the player holds the instrument in both hands. When you hear the soft, warm tones of a Kalimba, you will immediately fall in love with this timbre. Originally, the instrument comes from sub-Saharan Africa and was part of traditional African music. Today, the Kalimba is widespread all over the world and enjoys great popularity among singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and amongst many others.

The Kalimba is a musical instrument that belongs to the lamellophones. The instruments consist of a box or a simple board that acts as a resonating body and on which metal tongues are attached.... read more »
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The Kalimba – gentle tones from Africa

The Kalimba is a musical instrument that belongs to the lamellophones. The instruments consist of a box or a simple board that acts as a resonating body and on which metal tongues are attached. The lamellas are plucked with the fingers. While doing so, the player holds the instrument in both hands. When you hear the soft, warm tones of a Kalimba, you will immediately fall in love with this timbre. Originally, the instrument comes from sub-Saharan Africa and was part of traditional African music. Today, the Kalimba is widespread all over the world and enjoys great popularity among singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and amongst many others.

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A special instrument that anyone can play: the Kalimba

During colonial times, the traditional Kalimba of the African peoples was also called the thumb piano because the slats are primarily plucked with the thumbs. Depending on the region and ethnicity, there are still many different names for the lamellophones in Africa today. The word Kalimba is common among the Chewa and Tumbuka in Malawi, while the Shona in Zimbabwe call the instrument mbira. In the meantime, the lamellophone is played all over the world because it can be made in any tuning and is easy to learn. To elicit beautiful sounds from the Kalimba, you don't need any previous knowledge or musical training.

Kalimbas from Hokema: a traditional instrument from a traditional company

We have been producing and developing Kalimbas at Hokema in Walsrode, Lower Saxony, since 1985. Every single Kalimba is made by hand with diligence and passion. Each instrument leaves our family business not before having been extensively quality checked by our music experts. Our instruments are not only beautiful and easy to play – we also focus greatly on sustainability. The sound bodies are made from solid American cherry wood. We obtain all raw materials exclusively from German suppliers and do not use any tropical wood. You can purchase a Kalimba from us in different versions with different numbers of slats.

Experience the unique sound of the Kalimba

The Kalimba B5 is perfect for beginners. The small robust instrument has five metal tonguesand is also ideal and very handy to play when travelling. You can individually choose from F minor to C major to special tuning. In addition to other models, we also carry the Twin Kalimba, which you can play in pairs. Let yourself be enchanted by the soft tones of the Kalimba, browse through our online shop and discover the high-quality processed and cleanly tuned musical instruments from Hokema!