Hugh Tracey African-Tuned TM Karimba
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Hugh Tracey African-Tuned TM 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 TM Kalimba is shaped like the AMI (African Musical Instruments) trademark, which is also the shape of some traditional kalimbas from Africa.
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.