Day 49: Kalimba

Today’s first or the “one new thing a day for 100 days” New Year’s resolution was to play the kalimba (a.k.a. finger piano).  I had never even seen nor heard of one of these before,  saw it at a friends house.  This one is missing a tine, but was still able to play the first line of Joy to the World..

New knowledge via Wikipedia:

The mbira is an African musical instrument consisting of a wooden board (often fitted with a resonator) with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs. The mbira is usually classified as part of the lamellaphone family, and part of the idiophone family of musical instruments.

Members of this broad family of instruments are known by a wide variety of names. In the Anglo world it is often called a thumb piano. Indigenous African names include likembe, mbila, mbira huru, mbira njari, mbira nyunga nyunga, nhare, matepe and njari, sansu, zanzu, karimbao, marimba, karimba, kalimba, okeme, ubo, or—between the late 1960s and early 1970s—sanza, as well as marímbula (also kalimba) in the Caribbean Islands.

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