Nov. 28, 2014

Vol. 9, Num. 3

Kalimba Magic NEWS

11 More Traditional African Songs
New downloads for Karimbas in A and F, and for Alto

Mahororo
First cycle of Mahororo in F karimba tab

Ivodna Galatea has supplied me with source material for 11 new advanced traditional African songs for the 15-Note F karimba, the Kwanongoma College of African Music instrument (also known as Dumisani's mbira nyunga nyunga).

I translated these to KTabS for three instruments: the 15-note F Karimba, the 17-note Hugh Tracey A Karimba, and the Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba so each of these has a new download of tablature PDF files, KTabS files, and mp3 files for each of the 11 songs. You can learn how to play these songs yourself on karimba or alto kalimba!

Before you read another word, listen to Mahororo, an mbira song that Ivodne has brought to the karimba repertoire. Listen first to the complex chord cycle which lasts just over 10 seconds, and then repeats. The third cycle is the next variation, which then repeats. And so on down through all nine variations. There is something absolutely lovely about this music. It gives me hope in humanity that humans so far removed from my situation, by time and space and more, have created something so moving to me. I am working to learn these wonderful songs.

The 11 songs in this download include:

If you are interested in these songs, please look at the READ ME file for these downloads, which provide insightful and informative notes on each song. And while we do advertise this as 11 Advanced Traditional African songs, most of the songs also have a variation or two at the beginning that is fairly basic. That is, there is basic material to temper the more advanced material.

Purchase 11 Advanced Traditional Songs for the 15-note F karimba

Purchase 11 Advanced Traditional Songs for the 17-note Hugh Tracey A karimba

Purchase 11 Advanced Traditional Songs for the Hugh Tracey Alto kalimba


Links to the instruments that play this music:

Hugh Tracey F-15 Karimba

Hugh Tracey F-15 Karimba with Electronic Pickup

Hugh Tracey A-17 African Tuned Karimba

Hugh Tracey A-17 African Tuned Karimba with Electronic Pickup

Hugh Tracey A-17 TM African Tuned Karimba - the "Trade Mark" shaped instrument.

Hugh Tracey A-17 TM African Tuned Karimba with Electronic Pickup - the "Trade Mark" shaped instrument.

Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba - this instrument is better at playing western music, but you can play the traditional African pieces on them too.

Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba with Electronic Pickup - this instrument is better at playing western music, but you can play the traditional African pieces on them too.

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