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My Retirement Plan: Traveling the Country Giving Kalimba Workshops!

We are starting a list of where in the USA we would like to travel in 2024 and beyond, to share the joys of music and kalimba. Would you like to be a stop along the way? Just to chat over coffee, or get a kalimba lesson? Or would you like to host a kalimba workshop, kalimba history presentation, or a house concert? If you would like to get on the bus with us (so to speak), please Contact Us. Tell us your name, city or town, phone number, email, and what sort of musical or kalimba adventure you have in mind. We are starting to think of trips to

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Save 50% on M17 Kalimbas, Any Tuning

Use the coupon code MMM50 to save 50% on the M17 Magadi Kalimba in any of its tunings. Code MMM50 is good through Dec 21 2023.Just to spell it out, in the standard tuning and unpainted tines, this kalimba lists for $30, so the 50% off coupon gets you this kalimba for $15 plus shipping. The video below gives you a demo of the standard C tuning, the C minor tuning, the Middle Eastern Tuning, and the Lotus tuning (Am/Dm, a wholestep above the standard Lotus tuning). See Our Tunings for the Magadi M17 Kalimba Why Do You Want a M17 Kalimba? The M17 is a large block-mounted kalimba with

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Save 50% on Exotic Star-13, Moon-10, and Olive-9 Kalimbas

Use the coupon code Magadi50 to save 50% on any of these Magadi Kalimbas: the Star-13 Kalimba, the Moon-10 Kalimba, and the Olive-9 Kalimba. Code Magadi50 is good through Dec 15 2023. See below about why you might want one of these kalimbas: Hey, Meet These Three Special Kalimbas Why Do You Want an Exotic Magadi Kalimba? I fell in love with the Magadi Kalimbas when I first played them. I saw great possibilities. I understood the exotic tunings and rich sounds that could be made with these cool kalimbas. And I thought that my enthusiasm for them would translate into great sales of the Star-13 Kalimba, the Moon-10 Kalimba,

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Save 50% on Pentatonic Kalimbas

Use the coupon code Penta50 to save 50% on one of these Pentatonic Kalimbas: the Hugh Tracey Celeste Pentatonic Kalimbas, the Hugh Tracey Box Pentatonic Kalimbas, and the Moon-10 Kalimbas. Code Penta50 is good through Dec 6 2023. Video Illustrating the Various Pentatonic Kalimba Tunings Why Do You Want a Pentatonic Kalimba? The Hugh Tracey pentatonic kalimbas have 11 notes, covering two octaves from G3 to G5.  The pentatonic kalimba has fewer notes that other kalimbas, but still covers a similar range from low to high. This means there is more physical space between the tines, and more sonic space in between the notes. The experience you will have playing

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On Sale: Books for 17-Note Kalimba in C, Alto Kalimba, Treble Kalimba

The most important part of my life’s work is the body of limited edition kalimba books that I leave behind. But I am really leaving them behind, because once I sell out of them, I will not be reprinting them. And as far as I can see, nobody else will either. So, if you want a piece of kalimba history, take home one of my Kalimba Tablature-based Kalimba Books! On the other hand, I have five book titles with enough inventory to convince me that I will be holding on to a bunch of these at  the end of the game… which is why I have slashed the prices on

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Save 45% on Non-Traditional Karimbas – SaReGaMas, Celtic-D, I-Ching, and Afroharp

Use the coupon code New45 to save 45% on the family of Non-traditional Karimbas. The Non-traditional karimbas include the SaReGaMa Lotus, the SaReGaMa Air, and the SaReGaMa Freygish Karimbas; the I-Ching Kalimba; and the Alto Afroharp. Code New45 good through Nov 30 2023. Note that the code does not work on Hokema B17 or B15 in karimba tunings. But look below at the instruments it does apply to. Video Illustrating the Various Non-traditional Karimbas   SaReGaMa Lotus Karimba SaReGaMa is a new age musical artist who went to town inventing innovative kalimba tunings, and the Lotus Tuning is the most famous! He has millions of views on YouTube with his

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Kalimba Magic is Liquidating Kalimba Inventory * Save 45% on African Karimbas

Use the coupon code Karimba45 to save 45% on the traditional family of African Karimbas. Code good through Nov 16 2023. Note that the code does not work on Hokema B17 or B15 in karimba tunings. Nor does the code work on the non-traditional SaReGaMa tuned karimbas. If there is one place in the kingdom of kalimbas that the Chinese kalimba makers cannot touch, it is the realm of the Karimba. I have so often been told by my web readers that “hey, you misspelled Kalimba with an ‘R’.” Actually, Karimba is a specific name for the instrument which indicates it has a specific type of traditional African tuning. For

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Kalimba Magic’s Long Term Plan

I am retiring soon, and I have not found a buyer for Kalimba Magic, in part because the inventory to income ratio is too high. So, I am selling off said inventory in as orderly a way as I can think of. A number of people have asked me: So, when you close Kalimba Magic’s doors, will the website disappear? Will the support recordings for the kalimba instructional downloads go away? The Current Plan I am selling off all Kalimba Magic inventory, all kalimbas, all hard copy books, and all CDs. It will take several months to sell off all the inventory. But at some point in the spring of

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Learn the Afroharp Now

This new instructional download takes you from simple to amazing in 46 pages! Catania Decorative Afroharp The Afroharp is a legendary 13-note, two level kalimba created and manufactured for a short period in late 1960s Chicago.  Because we feel that the Afroharp is a valuable and compelling instrument, Kalimba Magic has been selling new instruments in the Afroharp tuning for several months.  Vintage Afroharps are virtually impossible to acquire. I feel incredibly lucky to have recently had one come into my possession. Read on to learn how this vintage Afroharp came to me, what’s special about the Afroharp, how this modern kalimba looks and sounds in a video, and more about

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