Kalimba - African Instrument - Pumpkin - Pulsations
Kalimba or Calimba. Musical instrument spread throughout the African continent. It receives different names, according to the countries and peoples: malimba, mbira, kisaanji, likembe, sanza ...
This idiophone has a set of slides of different length and material, hard but flexible, like metal or cane. They are fixed to a bridge at one end, and the other is free, so that they produce sounds when they are pressed with the fingers at the free ends. The dimensions of the sheets determine the frequencies at which they can vibrate, which translates into the different notes they can give. Thus, varying the pitch or tuning the instrument is equivalent to lengthening or decreasing the length of the plates.
The resonance box in which the bridge is embedded can have a multitude of shapes and be of different materials. In the case of photography, the box is made of wood and the metallic lamellae.
It is held with both hands and touched with the thumbs.
Measurements:17 x 15 cm