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Burned Balsa Wood Kalimba Thumb Piano

Swahili Modern


  • Artisans in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, create low profile thumb pianos from lightweight balsa wood that are then burned with an assortment of designs. A great gift for music lovers or collectors of world instruments, each kalimba has five tuners that can be plucked to produce a uniquely African sound.

    These handmade "thumb pianos" are decorated with unique burned patterns and West African scenes. Measures 5.5"L x 4"W x 0.75"T; size may vary slightly. Because each kalimba is uniquely handcrafted, designs will vary.

  • An artisan co-op of young men in Burkina Faso, West Africa, create hand-crafted kalimbas from gourds and recycled materials such as coffee tins. Frequently the artisans are also musicians themselves, and they take great care in producing instruments of exceptional quality and beauty.

Vendor: Swahili Modern

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