An unforgettable accent Add that perfect touch to your music with this kalimba gourd thumb piano. This instrument is an essential part of life in Burkina Faso. During festivals, weddings, and other major events the kalimba will accompany the singer for a unforgettable sound. The kalimba is made from a hollowed out gourd, and there are seven metal keyes attached on the top. The metal keys are often times made of old spoon handles, bicycle spokes, or spring wire that was cut and hammered to the desired shape. Enjoy this easy musical instrument today! 3" High & 7" Wide. *An order of 24 or more will incur oversized shipping.* M-M142
In African history, the Mandinka kora served as a way for historians, genealogists and storytellers to pass their stories and past onto their descendants. African kings would have a kora player to not only entertain them, but to pass down their history to the next generation. Kora players were not only musicians but oral historians, and their place was highly valued in griot families. With a sound that is similar to a lute and a guitar combined, it provides the sounds of Africa everyone can enjoy.
The kora’s body is made from a calabash gourd cut in half and partially covered with cow or goat skin. The strings are made from fishing line which provides a brilliant tone and is easily obtained at the local market. The player tunes the kora by moving the leather rings to achieve the correct tension on each string. Kora players use a variety of tunings. 8"-9" wide and 20"-22" long. Due to the size and shape of this item, it may incur an extra shipping cost. Made in Mali. M-M101
The nyatiti is an eight-stringed plucked lyre from Kenya. It is a classical instrument played by the Luo people of Western Kenya, typically in Benga music. It is 17" long y 13" wide. The player holds it to his chest while seated on a low stool. M-M027
Beautifully handmade instrument made with different sized African gourds and wooden plates. Gives a unique African sound; commonly heard throughout the African bush. Smaller size makes a great decoration that will fit almost anywhere; and is great fun for kids. Approximately 19"-24" inches long, 10-12 keys, and 4-7 gourds. Made in West Africa.*Ordering more than 2 will incur oversized shipping. M-M210
Truly authentic, full-sized African Balafon. Beautifully handmade instrument created using different sized African gourds and wooden plates. Emits a fun, truly African sound commonly heard throughout the African bush. Hard to find, this full sized instrument will be the centerpiece of any room. It's a unique piece for any musician and makes a fabulous gift for any music lover. Approx 21 keys. Approx. 37"-39" long, 15"-18" wide, and 8" high. Sometimes we have Gyils, which are larger Balafon type instruments with fewer keys from Mali. Balafons may need tuning to have accurate tones on all keys. Oversized shipping costs are approximately $40.00 on full-size balafon. Made in West Africa. M-M200
Bring the African sound home
Discover beautiful music you could never have experienced before with this large Balafon from West Africa. 15-16 keys play exotic African tones. Approximately 30"-34" long. 8-11 gourds. Balafons may need tuning to have accurate tones on all keys. Oversized shipping costs are approximately $40.00 for a large-sized balafon. M-M205