The kalimba, as most of us know it, is a new adaptation of the family of African lamellophones that includes the mbira and the karimba. As such, the kalimba doesn't really have a tradition in Africa. This is the very reason I am attracted to the instrument. Without a specific African tradition, we are free to create our own new and evolving kalimba styles.
On the extreme opposite end of the "tradition" spectrum from the modern kalimba is the mbira dzavadzimu, or simply, "mbira". The mbira's traditions are strange, quirky, amazing, wonderful, and sometimes downright bizarre all at the same time. One aspect of the mbira's tradition that is never heard in kalimba playing is the doubling of parts in the melody. The leading line is called kushaura, and following line is the kutsinhira. I invite you to peek inside the amazing world that results when these two parts are put together.