INSPIRING THE WORLDWIDE KALIMBA COMMUNITY

Make Beautiful Music

Make Beautiful Music

Anyone can learn kalimba! We give you the tools you need to succeed at playing kalimba: books, downloads, and lots of free information.

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Top Quality Kalimbas

Top Quality Kalimbas

We sell quality kalimbas including Hugh Tracey kalimbas from South Africa, "2B", Catania, and Goshen kalimbas, as well as Hokema Sansulas.

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We Can Help You Choose

We Can Help You Choose

We can help you choose the kalimba or book that is right for you. Start with the Buyer's Guide to match you with your dream kalimba.

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The kalimba is an ancient instrument from Africa, simply made from a wooden box and a few tines of flattened metal, but its music is filled with a spirit of beauty and complexity. MORE INFO

The mission of Kalimba Magic is to spread the joys of kalimba music around the world.MORE INFO

Featured Kalimbas

  • African-tuned Karimba

    African-tuned Karimba
    The African-tuned Karimba has a tuning and note layout that are thought to be over 1000 years old, and it has a large repertoire of traditional African music.

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  • Hokema Sansula

    Hokema Sansula
    The Hokema Sansula has an exotic and mystical New Age sound. It comes in several different tunings and has several instructional books.

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  • The Alto Kalimba

    The Alto Kalimba
    The Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba has more instructional material than any other kalimba. It is beautiful and is great fun to play too!

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  • Goshen Kalimbas

    Goshen Kalimbas
    USA-made Goshen kalimbas are pretty, versatile, very smooth, and are very reasonably priced. Models are available for beginner through expert.

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  • Pentatonic Kalimbas

    Pentatonic Kalimbas
    No matter what you play on a pentatonic, it sounds great! Great for jamming. We have pentatonics by several different kalimba makers.

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    Latest Posts

    • TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p1 - What is a Sansula?

      TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p1 - What is a Sansula?

      Kalimba Magic started making the first alternative sansula tunings many years ago, and we are the only people to have made instructional materials for the sansula and its alternative tunings. This series of tips is an overview of Kalimba Magic's sansula tunings and related instructional materials. 

      We start our series of tips with the nuanced question: "What is a sansula?"

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    • TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 1

      TIP: A Karimba Improvisational Strategy Part 1

      Most karimba music gets two or more different musical lines going at once. Keeping these two different musical lines going is a bit like juggling. Sometimes each thumb takes on a separate musical line, and sometimes the thumbs take on both themes, with one or two musical lines bouncing back and forth between the two thumbs.

      In this series of tips, I show you a very simple way of thinking about the karimba that will give you access to some basic improvisational skills. For this purpose, we are going to approach playing the karimba with an artificial limitation. To the right hand we are going to assign the role of harmonic and rhythmic support. To the left hand we are going to assign the role of melodic flash.

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    • TIP: Exploring Exotic Pentatonic Tunings - p1

      TIP: Exploring Exotic Pentatonic Tunings - p1

      All of the specially tuned kalimbas we sell come with a card indicating the note names and note numbers of each tine. The letters are of obvious use - they tell you what note to tune each tine to if any ever go out of tune.

      But if you have been mystified by the meaning of those numbers, this series of tips will help you learn how to use them. We present to you a laboratory of three different pentatonic kalimba tunings. The numbers guide us on our journey of understanding these kalimbas and how to drive them - but this information is not limited; it will help you to understand any kalimba.

      Even if you don't have a pentatonic kalimba in your house or in your future, I invite you to jump in and work on understanding how the notes of any kalimba's tuning work with each other.

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    • TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p2 - The Sansula in Standard Tuning

      TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p2 - The Sansula in Standard Tuning

      Kalimba Magic started making the first alternative sansula tunings many years ago, and we are the only people to have made instructional materials for the sansula and its alternative tunings. This series of tips is an overview of Kalimba Magic's sansula tunings and related instructional materials. 

      To gain some perspective, we take a close look at where the Sansula started - the standard A minor tuning.

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    • TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p3 - The Sansula Book

      TIP: Exploring Sansula Tunings - p3 - The Sansula Book

      Kalimba Magic started making the first alternative sansula tunings many years ago, and we are the only people to have made instructional materials for the sansula and its alternative tunings. This series of tips is an overview of Kalimba Magic's sansula tunings and related instructional materials.

      This is a good example of the music played easily on the sansula in standard A minor tuning - it is one of the lessons from the book "Playing the Sansula", which mostly covers the standard tuning.

      The media player at the bottom of the article will play a sound recording of this music, when you click on it.

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      What are the 5 makes of kalimba that I can purchase from Kalimba Magic?

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      What Customers Are Saying

      • I received your 12-Note Kalimba Exercises book Friday. I am extremely pleased with it. Thank you for setting up an outstanding tutorial. Everything is clear and easy to understand. Any questions I had were answered. It is an outstanding asset to anyone interested in the kalimba.
      • Thank you so much Mark!
        All your newsletters are very generous and enjoyable!  And filled with so many informations to get our spirits uplifted! You have seemingly found a beautiful and genuine way to be happy! Thank you for sharing it in such a devoted way! May your life flourish, your thumbs dance and your ears never get bored of music!

        Sacha Dayananda, 2015

      • I am loving this 8 note kalimba. It's like having all the handpan drums. I can tune it to all these interesting scales and then just riff away with it.


        Diane, 2015

      • I've been so delighted with the celeste alto, because the form factor is a great pleasure to play, its light and easy to carry, and it fits very comfortably to play.  I like the thickness of the board.  It goes with me everywhere.   Compact and lightweight, and I LOVE the sound.

        Jan, 2015

      • Hello Kalimba Magic.
        I am very happy with my purchase of the Hugh Tracey box pentatonic kalimba, the quality of the instrument is evident, and customer service has been great. If anyone asks I will recommend Kalimba Magic.  Thanks!

        Kelly, 2015

      • I was watching Ben and Eddie the other night.  Ben picked up the kalimba and started playing.  Eddie (two years old) was fascinated.  Once we explained that he had to be careful, and how to touch it he played with it for quite a while.  We held it, so it didn't get thrown, and he experimented.  A sweet sweet moment.  Thank you.
        I think of you, and hope you are well.

        Alice, 2015

      • While I had anticipated having to choose one of the instruments you shipped me and sending the other back, it seems that I cannot put either of them down.  I am enjoying them both thoroughly and even a colleague of mine has taken a liking to them as well.  Perhaps he'll buy one, too, in the near future.  Thank you so much for all your support and help in getting these to me.  Kind regards!

        Peter, 2015

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        Thank you for the wonderful Kalimba Magic newsletter. I absolutely LOVE the SaReGaMa Freygish tuning of the karmiba and my task for today will be to re-tune my karimba. It is beautiful. So is the air tuning for that matter...decisions, decisions, decisions...

        Kathryn, 2015

         

         

      • Thanks again for everything you do! You and these instruments have been such a blessing!

        Eri, 2015

       

       

      Waking Dream

      • I have derived so much peace and joy from playing kalimba...

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      • How the kalimba came into my life, how I got to be a good kalimba player, and how Kalimba Magic was born...

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      • What is next in the Kalimba Magic story?

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