These xylophones are carefully calibrated musical instruments that produce an amazingly resonant sound with warm, round tones greater than that of steel xylophones.
This West African percussion instrument includes 8 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallets included.
Measures approximately 20” long x 12” wide x 10” tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
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.
This hand made clay ocarina bears an anthropomorphic form from the Chavín period of Peruvian history. Sculpted by ethnomusicologist Jose Vitancio Humeres of Peru, it is a replica of an original design. "I think the sounds these instruments make were to create positive energy," says Vitancio Humeres.
Constructed of two whistles as well as a system of air ducts with 5 finger holes it can play 6 notes while maintaining two separate sounds, one from each whistle. Exquisitely made. The whistle on this piece works with a strong sound. A functional whistling vessel and a brilliant piece of art. Made in Peru.
These African balaphons are traditionally crafted in Senegal using wooden note planks, cotton cord, and calabash gourd resonators.
This West African percussion instrument includes 16 wooden notes with calabash gourd resonators of decreasing size (underneath). Traditionally crafted, this is a beautifully tuned instrument. Mallets included.
Measures approximately 29-30” long x 14” wide x 6-7” tall. Due to the handmade nature of this item, slight variation is expected.
Ethnomusicologist Jose Vitancio Humeres crafted this beautiful little percussion instrument, called a timbale, in the Chancay style using pottery and goat leather. The Chancay civilization was formed in the later part of the Inca Empire and was the earliest Peruvian culture to mass produce ceramics.
Measures 5" x 4.5" and weighs under a pound. Two holes on handle could be used for string or rope to hold the small drum close to your body. Sold individually.