Do you want an African sound? The layout, the tuning, and the buzzers make this a modern version of a centuries-old instrument. Play this if you want to connect to the genius of ancient Africa.
The karimba is similar to the mbira from Zimbabwe. It has 17 tines organized in two rows, but at first glance the organization isn’t logical. However, as you begin to learn how to play this instrument, you will discover its inherent logic, which especially lends itself to a traditional African sound.
Hugh Tracey African-tuned Karimba.
By the way, Andrew Tracey says that this is closely related to THE ORIGINAL metal-tined kalimba from 1300 years ago.
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There are numerous instructional books and downloads available for the Karimba.