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Kenyan Wooden Kalimba Thumb Pianos
4.5"L x 3"W x 1.5"H
Kalimbas (also known as finger pianos or mbiras) are an African percussion instrument from the Lamellophone instrument family. The kalimba is comprised of a hollow resonator, which vary from handmade boxes to calabash gourds, and metal tins.
These rustic mbiras are created around a hollow wooden box with burned designs by artisans in Kenya. The box is held with both hands, and the ten recycled metal tines fitted with tin can buzzers are plucked to create an unmistakable African sound.
Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
Size: 4.5"L x 3"W x 1.5"H
Swahili African Modern
Swahili Modern is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, a group of like-minded companies working directly with artisans in Africa to bring you handcrafted baskets, decor, & gifts, and organizations that adhere to:
Providing fair payment to workers in developing nations
Educating makers and workers to increase their potential for advancement
Ensuring the rights of children
Developing products and processes that protect and conserve the natural environment
Promoting fair trade as the standard in commercial exchanges
A proudly woman-owned business founded by Leslie Mittelberg in June 1995. Leslie's husband Dale held a Fulbright Scholar position at the University of Nairobi, and during the years the family lived in Kenya, Leslie fell in love with African artistry. Upon returning to the US, she founded her company and named it in honor of the people of East Africa whose artistry inspired her entrepreneurship.
Swahili believes in the potential for a sustainable trade network between Africa and the world.
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