Kalimba is truly a cosmic instrument that came to us from the African continent.
In its homeland, Kalimba has more than ten separate names. This indicates how popular it is among local peoples and tribes.
Kalimba accompanies many traditional African rituals.
Kalimba is also known well outside Africa - it perfectly complements musical compositions of various genres, especially those among folk music performers all over the world.
A row or several rows of wooden, bamboo or metal reed plates are placed on the resonator body (it can be of different shapes).
Thin reed plates are attached over the resonator. The size and shape of the reeds affect the tone, and the number of notes depends on the number of "keys".
The simplest units have a flat resonator, more complex ones have a cavity resonator. There are kalimbas made of turtle shell, a dugout tree, a pumpkin, etc.
The resonator board (front part of the kalimba) has from 4 to 30 reeds attached,
30-100 mm length and 3-5 mm width.
Calimbas with a cavity resonator create a unique low rumble, and solid calimbas resemble a music box with their fragile sound.
Calimbas have an amazing purity of sound, they resemble musical bells, but the melodies themselves are surprisingly rich and multifaceted.