A kalimba, also known as a thumb piano or mbira, is a musical instrument that originated in Africa. It consists of a wooden or metal soundboard or resonator with metal or wooden tines or keys attached to it. The keys are plucked with the thumbs or fingers to produce musical notes.
The kalimba is typically played by holding it in both hands and plucking the keys with the thumbs or fingers. Each key produces a different pitch, and by plucking different combinations of keys, melodies and harmonies can be created.
The instrument has a long history in Africa, with variations found in different cultures across the continent. It has gained popularity worldwide and is now enjoyed by musicians and enthusiasts of various musical genres.
Modern kalimbas come in different sizes and styles, ranging from small handheld instruments to larger, more complex versions with additional keys and features. They are often made from wood, with metal tines or keys attached to the soundboard. Some kalimbas also incorporate amplification systems for playing in live performances or recording sessions.
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