Hugh Tracey Box F-15 Karimba


This is the same basic instrument as the 17-note African-tuned karimba, BUT with 15 notes, tuned lower to F, wider tines, and mounted on an alto box for louder volume and more expression.

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The 15-Note F tunings are listed with the other African Karimba tunings.
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Get this if you want to play traditional African music in the nyunga nyunga F key – or if you have very large hands.

A new model of the Hugh Tracey African Tuned Karimba, in F, with 15 notes (ie, with the mbira nyunga nyunga note layout as opposed to the 17 note karimba layout), mounted on an alto box for a louder sound and more expression. The notes on this one are thought to represent the original mbira created some 1300 years ago in southern Africa.

Listen to these sound clips:

Box F-15 Karimba in F

Box F-15 Karimba in F#

This matches the tuning, layout, and key of the mbira nyunga nyunga precisely.

Learn more about the African Karimba in the “How to Play” pages.


Laina Gumboreshumba playing Chemutengure on 15-Note F Karimba


Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway

Mark Holdaway has been playing kalimba for over 30 years. He invented his kalimba tablature in 2004, and has been writing books and instructional materials for kalimba ever since. His business, Kalimba Magic, is based on the simple proposition that the kalimba is a real musical instrument capable of greatness. See answered questions.