Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba
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The Hugh Tracey Kalimba blended some of the best aspects of several different traditional instruments, but was tuned to a western scale to facilitate western melody and harmony. The Hugh Tracey Kalimba started the Kalimba Craze of the 1960s. Maurce White of Earth, Wind and Fire and Taj Majal played Hugh Tracey Kalimbas in the 1970s. The same great Hugh Tracey Kalimbas are still available today.
The Hugh Tracey line of Kalimbas, thanks to the efforts of kalimba master Mark Holdaway, are the original kalimbas made by African Musical Instruments in Grahamstown, South Africa since 1965. Made from Kiaat wood and high quality spring steel, these are real musical instruments and are easy to play, not just a pretty coffee table ornament.
This 15-note model has the same note layout as the Alto, two octaves of the G major scale. The TM Alto is built out of a flat board rather than a resonant box, and comes in either with or without a built in piezo-electric pickup. The board is cut and formed to the AMI Trademark which is a traditional kalimba shape from Africe.
Simply a delight - when people first bring this instrument home, they literally play it for hours. But people who have played it for 20 or 30 years are still working to improve. Very simple to play but difficult to master, these kalimbas sound and feel wonderful. There is a growing body of instructional material available for the whole family of Hugh Tracey Kalimbas.