Kalimba

Kalimba

The kalimba is an African percussion instrument, based on the more archaic mbira. The kalimba is constructed from a hollow wooden box attached to metal tines. There is a hole in the top of the box in order to allow sound reverberation.

The kalimba is played by plucking the metal tines, hence the nickname, the "thumb piano." The plucking causes a resonance within the sound box. Each tine plays a different key; the number of tones that can be created depends upon the number of tines.

  • Kalimba Thumb Piano, Large 17 Keys

    Mid-East

    Kalimba Thumb Piano, Large 17 Keys

    MSRP: $43.90
    $37.43
    Create beautiful melodies with this large Kalimba Thumb Piano made of Rosewood featuring 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes in the back. Instrument dimensions are 5" x 7". The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira or likembe...
    MSRP: $43.90
    $37.43
  • High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba #3

    Rattletree

    High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba #3

    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
    Watch a performance of this Kalimba (Deze sold separately). Nhemamusasa on Mbira and Kalimba with Joel Laviolette and Rakefet Avramovó±tz In addition to mbiras, X8 Drums now offers a very special version of the Zimbabwean...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
  • Toca

    Toca Coconut Kalimba

    MSRP: $23.00
    $13.99
    The Toca Coconut Kalimba is made of a coconut shell with a wooden faceplate. Features 7 keys and a unique Toca gecko design. Tune the keys by tightening the screws.
    MSRP: $23.00
    $13.99
  • DOBANI 10-Key Kalimba Thumb Piano, Mahogany

    DOBANI

    DOBANI 10-Key Kalimba Thumb Piano, Mahogany

    $52.99
    Cool clear tones reflecting nature's energy and rhythms. Whether you are a beginner musician or a professional musician, this is the instrument for you!Mahogany thumb piano, 4.9" x 6.9", 10 steel keys.The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also...
    $52.99
  • DOBANI

    DOBANI 8-Key Flat Thumb Piano

    MSRP: $29.90
    $22.43
    6.5" by 4.5" sheesham thumb piano with 8 steel keys.Originating in Africa, the thumb piano is also known as the "mbira" or "likembe" and in the 1920's Dr. Hugh Tracey gave them the name most westerners recognize, the "kalimba."The thumb piano's metal...
    MSRP: $29.90
    $22.43
  • X8 Drums

    Hand-painted Kalimba Thumb Piano Karimba Mbira

    MSRP: $24.00
    $12.99
    This Kalimba thumb piano is made of a coconut shell with a hand-painted wooden faceplate and features 7 keys that produce different tones. This thumb piano may be tuned to change the sound by adjusting the tension of the screws. Dimensions: 3.5 inches...
    MSRP: $24.00
    $12.99
  • High Tuned "Chawasaria" Kalimba

    Rattletree

    High Tuned "Chawasaria" Kalimba

    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
    Watch a performance of this Kalimba. Joel Laviolette talks about the features. In addition to mbiras, X8 Drums now offers a very special version of the Zimbabwean Kalimba. This kalimba was made by Joel's matepe instructor in Zimbabwe,...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
  • High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba

    Rattletree

    High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba

    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
    Watch a performance of this Kalimba (Deze sold separately). Nhemamusasa on Mbira and Kalimba with Joel Laviolette and Rakefet Avramovó±tz In addition to mbiras, X8 Drums now offers a very special version of the Zimbabwean...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
  • High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba in Deze

    Rattletree

    High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba in Deze

    MSRP: $400.00
    $319.99
    Watch a performance of this Kalimba (Deze sold separately).   Nhemamusasa on Mbira and Kalimba with Joel Laviolette and Rakefet Avramovó±tz In addition to mbiras, X8 Drums now offers a very special version of...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $319.99
  • Kalimba, Flat, Natural, 8 keys

    Mid-East

    Kalimba, Flat, Natural, 8 keys

    $17.99
    Kalimba, flat natural finish 4" x 7", 8 steel keys. The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that acts as the resonating chamber. To play, rest the thumb piano on the...
    $17.99
  • Low Tuned "Chawasaria" Bass Kalimba

    Rattletree

    Low Tuned "Chawasaria" Bass Kalimba

    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
    Joel Laviolette performs a song on this Kalimba X8 Drums also offers Zimbabwean Kalimba by another master builder named Chawasaria. He has a different style than Matemai's kalimbas; his keys are a little thinner and he uses a lighter wood called...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
  • Mavembe Tuned Mbira #1

    Rattletree

    Mavembe Tuned Mbira #1

    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
    The mbira offered here is a very unique piece with a tuning that is very special and hard to find. In the videos above, Joel Laviolette plays a performance and discusses the background of this specific instrument. This Mbiras were built by Joel...
    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
  • Mavembe Tuned Mbira #2

    Rattletree

    Mavembe Tuned Mbira #2

    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
    The mbira offered here is a very unique piece with a tuning that is very special and hard to find. In the videos above, Joel Laviolette plays a performance and discusses the background of this specific instrument. This Mbiras were built by Joel...
    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
  • Mbira Dzavadzimu - High-Nyamaropa Tuning

    Rattletree

    Mbira Dzavadzimu - High-Nyamaropa Tuning

    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
    Watch a performance of this Mbira. Joel Laviolette talks about the features. We are excited to now be offering the Zimbabwean Mbira, a small instrument with a powerful tranquility. In video above, Joel demoed this very mbira...
    MSRP: $475.00
    $350.00
  • Meinl

    Medium Kalimba with Extra Wide Tongues - Black

    MSRP: $72.00
    $46.99
    MEINL Kalimbas are great sounding melodic instruments with unique features. Solid construction, plated steel keys and an ergonomic shape makes them dependable musical tools. This Kalimba is made for comfort. Seven wide steel nibs are specially designed...
    MSRP: $72.00
    $46.99
  • Meinl

    Meinl Kalimba, Small

    MSRP: $38.00
    $24.99
    The Meinl Percussion Kalimbas are great sounding melodic instruments in a compact size! Solid construction, plated steel keys and an ergonomic shape makes these kalimbas dependable musical tools. The sound is pure joy, and a great addition to any...
    MSRP: $38.00
    $24.99
  • Meinl Pickup Kalimba

    Meinl

    Meinl Pickup Kalimba

    MSRP: $230.00
    $149.99
    Meinl Percussion put a pickup into this kalimba to boost the output, so your melody can carry on. The internal pre-amp means you won't have to worry about playing up close to the mike. An external volume knob lets you easily adjust to any situation...
    MSRP: $230.00
    $149.99
  • Meinl Solid Wood Kalimba, Medium, Natural (KA9-M)

    Meinl

    Meinl Solid Wood Kalimba, Medium, Natural (KA9-M)

    $29.99
    MEINL Kalimbas are great sounding melodic instruments with unique features. Solid construction, plated steel keys and an ergonomic shape makes them dependable musical tools. This Kalimba is made for comfort. Nine wide steel nibs are specially designed to...
    $29.99
  • Meinl

    Meinl Wah-wah Kalimba

    MSRP: $92.00
    $59.99
    Everybody loves a little wha-wha, so Meinl came up with a kalimba with a body-oriented sound hole in place of the traditional style. You can create a great wha-wha effect by simply bouncing the kalimba body on and off your belly as you play. The position...
    MSRP: $92.00
    $59.99
  • X8 Drums

    Red Heart Kalimba

    MSRP: $13.50
    $8.99
    You've always had your heart set on a kalimba. Now, here's your chance to own a great-sounding, easy to play, hand-carved melodic instrument for a song! Ours is beautifully crafted from a solid piece of environmentally friendly, plantation grown...
    MSRP: $13.50
    $8.99
  • Mid-East

    Rosewood Kalimba Thumb Piano

    MSRP: $32.90
    $28.43
    This Kalimba is constructed of Rosewood with 8 steel keys. Dimensions are 3" x 5". The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that acts as the resonating chamber. To play,...
    MSRP: $32.90
    $28.43
  • X8 Drums

    Star Kalimba Thumb Piano

    MSRP: $24.00
    $14.99
    The traditional hardwood kalimba is big enough for accenting your favorite music, but small enough to take along when you travel. It's made from durable, renewable hardwood with seven tunable steel keys and a branded star and stripes design. Although...
    MSRP: $24.00
    $14.99
  • Toca

    Toca Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Large, Siam Oak

    MSRP: $115.00
    $64.99
    Watch Video Demonstration of the Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Large    Toca Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Large, Siam Oak Made of Asian oak with a walnut matte finish Hollow body, sound chamber & wah-wah effect 9 Steel plated keys on...
    MSRP: $115.00
    $64.99
  • Toca

    Toca Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Small, Ash Wood

    MSRP: $79.00
    $43.99
    Note: This item requires additional processing time, typically 3-4 business days.   Watch Video Demonstration of the Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Small Toca Tocalimba Thumb Piano, Small, Ash Wood Made of solid Natural Ash Wood 9 Steel plated keys on...
    MSRP: $79.00
    $43.99
  • DOBANI 17-KEY THUMB PIANO W/ ROUNDED BACK - RED CEDAR

    DOBANI

    DOBANI 17-KEY THUMB PIANO W/ ROUNDED BACK - RED CEDAR

    $47.79
    Red cedar and lacewood thumb piano, 5" x 7", 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. It has a rounded back.The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira, kalimba or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that...
    $47.79
  • Mid-East

    Kalimba Thumb Piano, Large with Rounded Back

    MSRP: $55.90
    $44.93
    Rosewood and Lacewood thumb piano, 5" x 7", 17 steel keys and two vibrato holes on the back. It has a rounded back.The thumb piano originates in Africa. It is also known as the mbira or likembe. The metal keys are mounted on a wooden box that acts as the...
    MSRP: $55.90
    $44.93
  • High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba #1 **SOLD**

    Rattletree

    High Tuned "Dandaranyika" Kalimba #1 **SOLD**

    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00
        Nhemamusasa on Mbira and Kalimba with Joel Laviolette and Rakefet Avramov├│┬▒tz In addition to mbiras, X8 Drums now offers a very special version of the Zimbabwean Kalimba. Like the mbira here, this kalimba was made by Joel's...
    MSRP: $400.00
    $220.00