10 Traditional African Pieces for 15-Note F Karimba
Welcome to our new (Aug 2010) collection of traditional African tunes for the 15-Note African karimba, a rustic 15-note karimba made in Zimbabwe and which is available elsewhere on the internet but is not sold by Kalimba Magic.
These ten songs come from two sources: five are from the insert page written by Andrew Tracey which comes with the Hugh Tracey African-tuned karimba, and five come from the appendix of Paul F. Berliner's book "The Soul of Mbira". Some of Paul F. Berliner's songs came from a paper authored by Andrew Tracey. At any rate, most of these songs go back to the Shona karimba master Jege Tapera. Andrew Tracey met Jege Tapera in 1960 when Hugh and Andrew Tracey were visiting in Rhodesia to help set up the Kwanongoma College of Music.
What makes this collection of karimba tunes valuable? How is it an improvement on the songs in Andrew Tracey's insert and Paul F. Berliner's book? First, this collection has been transcribed into an easy-to-read tablature which has all of the tines drawn out, but uses standard western rhythmic notation. Together, the visual tablature and the rhythmic notation make this tablature much easier to read than the more symbolic numbers-based systems used by the other authors. But the feature of the tablature in this collection which makes it really useful is the fact that it comes in both PDF and KTabS (Kalimba Tablature Software) format. The KTabS computer program for Windows lets you play the KTabS files for each song. KTabS will display the tablature on the screen and play the sound for the song, highlighting the notes as the are played. So, you can hear exacty what the song is supposed to sound like. KTabS is the Guitar Hero of kalimba. The KTabS Player is free and the full KTabS Program, which lets you write your own music or modify THIS music, is $30. You can purchase KTabS at the KTabS website.
Also included - mp3s of KTabS playing the songs, in case you can't get KTabS running on your Mac.
The songs available are:
- Bustu MTandari