Kalimba or Calimba. Musical instrument spread throughout the African continent. It receives different names, according to the countries and peoples: malimba, mbira, kisaanji, likembe, sanza …
This idiophone has a set of reeds of different lengths and materials, hard but flexible, such as metal or reed. They are fixed to a bridge at one end, and the other is free, so that they produce sounds when pressed with the fingers by the free ends. The dimensions of the plates determine the frequencies at which they can vibrate, which translates into the different notes they can give. Thus, varying the tone or tuning the instrument is equivalent to lengthening or reducing the length of the plates.
The resonance box in which the bridge is embedded can have a multitude of shapes and be made of different materials. In the case of photography, the box is made of wood and the metal lamellae.
It is held with both hands and played with the thumbs.
Measurements:17 x 15 cm
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