Bucara Karimba Thumb Piano
Bucara Karimba Coconut Shell Thumb Piano. African percussion. The Kalimba, or thumb piano, was Traditionally used to accompany singing in Africa. It is relatively easy to play. Metal keys are mounted on a coconut shell that acts as the resonating chamber, producing a bright sound. To play the kalimba, hold the thumb piano between the palms of both hands. Several keys are plucked with the thumb or fingers and the vibrations are amplified by the hollow shell. The longer keys have lower pitches and shorter keys have higher pitches, and can be adjusted by tapping them in or out to adjust their length, and therefore their pitch. Also known as the mbira or likembe.