Hugh Tracey African-Tuned Karimba
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Hugh Tracey African-Tuned Karimba with Pickup
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.
Andrew Tracey says that this is closely related to THE ORIGINAL metal-tined kalimba from 1300 years ago.
The pickups are piezo-electric devices which have been inserted into the body of the kalimba, and a 1/4 inch jack permits you to plug in with a regular guitar chord.