Articles tagged with: Afroharp

21 November 2016

Afroharp Book Now Available

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This book shows you how to make great music in the Afroharp tuning

Afroharp Book Now Available

The Afroharp is a legendary 13-note, two-level kalimba created and manufactured for only a short period in late 1960s Chicago. This instrument plays sweet, hauntingly beautiful, harmonic music, and the Afroharp's particular tuning is at the heart of the music it makes.

The Afroharp is gone, with only a few floating around in the world. But Kalimba Magic has started building instruments in the Afroharp tuning, made from Hugh Tracey Alto kalimbas with electronic pickup - just as the original Afroharp had a connection for a "high impedance dynamic microphone", as you can see if you check out the fascinating manual included with new Afroharps back in the day, in the archived newsletter article "Afroharp Article #2" in the links below this post. 

We are happy to offer Playing the Afroharp, a 46-page instructional book with downloadable sound files along with many songs in kalimba tablature.

26 February 2016

Learn the Afroharp Now

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This new instructional download takes you from simple to amazing in 46 pages!

Learn the Afroharp Now

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. 

07 December 2015

Return of The Afroharp

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

This clever 1970s kalimba is back - or at least its note arrangement is back, on a Catania body

Return of The Afroharp

The Afroharp, one of the more interesting early Hugh Tracey kalimba competitors, hasn't been manufactured since the 1970s. I have brought it back, putting its 13 notes onto a Catania body. OK, this isn't a real Afroharp, but the notes are the same as the Afroharp. This is a pretty interesting note arrangement, borrowing from the pentatonic kalimba tunings as well as from the karimba layout. It plays its own music.