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Mbira

Sanza
Karimba with Resonator
Karimba without Resonator
Matepe
Mbira Dza Vadzimu
Electric Mbira
Marimbula

 

 

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electric mbira

Electric Mbira

The electric instrument pictured above was made in the USA by Lucinda Ellison Musical Instruments and is called Embira. The lamellae are laid out in a sanza or kalimba style. In Western popular music, terms such as sanza, kalimba, and mbira are often used generically to indicate a general kind of instrument rather than a specific traditional African instrument. The instrument pictured in the middle is a solid body stereo electric bass mbira made by American Dan Pauli of Wild Marimbas. The lamellae are laid out similar to Shona mbira dza vadzimu but with extra lamella due to Pauli's design. The treble and bass lamellae have separate pick ups and the mix between the two can be adjusted separately in the amplification system. No buzzers are used on the Pauli electric mbira but inserting this instrument into a sizeable deze with bottle caps attached can produce the more traditional buzz sound without it going through the lamellae pick ups. The lowest photo is a solid body stereo electric mbira in a more traditional range but features some extra lamellae. The sound sample is of Ellison's electric kalimba type instrument.

 

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