Articles tagged with: lotus karimba

07 February 2019

ABNA BON - Ambient Recording Artists Focusing on Karimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

The kalimba shapes their compositions. They shape the kalimba's sound in their recording process.

ABNA BON - Ambient Recording Artists Focusing on Karimba

Anna Donahoo and Bob Guido are ABNA BON. This husband-wife duo produces cool ambient music for various soundtrack projects, and their music includes live drums, guitar, bass, keyboard, violins, voice... and of course, kalimba. They have an ethereal sound all their own. Part of that sound comes from their philosophy, part of the sound comes from their recording techniques, and part just comes from the inherent nature of the kalimba.

"With the kalimba, melody and rhythm are kind of the same. You can't think of melody on the kalimba without thinking about the rhythm. The kalimba makes you think of the two in a different way than you would with a guitar or a piano." - Anna Donahoo.

29 December 2016

Songs for the Lotus Karimba: Three Trills

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Syncopation, variations, tweaks and trills

Songs for the Lotus Karimba: Three Trills

The Lotus-tuned karimba was created by the inventive recording artist SaReGaMa.  He once received an out-of-tune African-tuned karimba as a gift.  Rather than simply tuning it up, SaReGaMa instead used this as an opportunity to invent several of his own tunings and create music that worked with each tuning.  The Lotus tuning is the one he used for a song that he improvised one night in an effort to get his baby daughter, Lotus, to go to sleep.  He made a video of that improvisation,  known to the world as "Kalimba Solo for Lotus."

Available at the Kalimba Magic Shop, we have two instructional downloads and one book for the innovative Lotus karimba tuning. In this post we are giving away the tablature for Exercise 20, "Three Trills," from the book Playing the Lotus Karimba. A trill on kalimba happens when you have two notes that are exactly the same on both the left and right sides of the kalimba, and you play them quickly, alternating between them.  Listen to find out exactly what this sounds like!

23 May 2016

New Tunings for the Lotus Karimba - One You Can Do Yourself!

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

The C Major Lotus Tuning is one you can do. The Em/Am Lotus Tuning is one for us to do.

New Tunings for the Lotus Karimba - One You Can Do Yourself!

Yesterday, two sansula players came to Kalimba Magic headquarters with their sansulas, both of which were in standard A minor tuning. They had grown tired of the enchantingly beautiful standard A minor tuning and wanted to play different music. After trying several tunings, they both decided to go for the Heavenly A tuning. They left happy, and the new tuning has opened many new pathways for them to explore.

Why am I telling you this in an article about Lotus Karimba tunings? Because the standard Lotus tuning (which is equally good for playing in G minor or C minor) itself can become boring if you are trapped in the same old patterns, and a new Lotus tuning may be exactly what you need to break out of the doldrums.