Latin Percussion is expanding its range of ethnic percussion instruments with Kalimbas in two sizes. LP already offers a range of African inspired percussion instruments such as Djembes, Bata or Shekere.
LP Kalimbas are based on the Mbira, an instrument played in Africa for thousands of years at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings. Handheld and played with the thumbs, this cultural instrument was added to the UNESCO Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020 which classified it as “The art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, the finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe“.
The 9-key LP Kalimbas are available in Solid Natural Ash (LP0209) or Deep Cherry finished (LP0219DC) versions. Both have nine Chrome-plated metal tines laid out in a C pentatonic scale that produce clear and pure notes, which when blended together, create beautifully layered tones. The alternative Deep Cherry finished version features a chambered Siam Oak body for added resonance.
The 17-Key Kalimba, finished in Deep Cherry (LP0217DC), features a chambered Siam Oak body that fits comfortably in your hands and has a built-in vibrato side ports to add a sonic “wah” element to the sound.
To find out more about all the new LP Kalimbas, plus all the other Latin Percussion products, please go to lpmusic.com/ #wearerhythm
Watch the launch video here: