Save The U.S. Post Office
Did you hear the one about FedEx and UPS joining forces? The new company would be called
"FedUp". OMG, I would be totally Fed Up if that happened. The way things
are going, the U.S. Postal Service may very well be driven into the ground and we would
have no option other than being Fed Up.
Instructional Materials Now Available!
SaReGaMa has become the first person to hit a million views with a kalimba YouTube Video -
congratulations! In so doing, he has exposed hundreds of thousands of people to the kalimba
in general, and to his specific tunings on the karimba in particular. So many people were
taken by his video that Kalimba Magic now offers the Hugh Tracey African-tuned Karimba
recast into the SaReGaMa Lotus-tuned karimba.
66 Song Downloads Now Available
There is a collection of 66 Songs we originally put together for the 12-Note kalimba.
The songs were taken from many genres: African, Classical, Folk, Peace, Patriotic,
Christmas, African American Spirituals, Reggae, etc. This diverse collection has now been
translated to both the Hugh Tracey Treble kalimba in standard G tuning and also
the Hugh Tracey Bb Treble kalimba.
A Non-musician Engineer Builds a D Minor Tuning
This is the story of how Vlad, an engineer from Germany, discovered, well into adulthood, that he can play and invent
music using a kalimba. "It was probably my cultural revelation of the year! I would like to
use this occasion to thank Peter Hokema (a German kalimba manufacturer) and Mark Holdaway of
Kalimba Magic for introducing me to the art of music :-)! I sort of fell for the kalimba
and really enjoy exploring music within it!"
I can truly say that I have found a new type of high end kalimba that is worth every dollar:
the Colorado Soundscapes Kalimbas.
The tines are amazing. Each one is hand pounded, and the "overtones"
are tuned. (To see why I have put overtones in parentheses, read the
footnote at the bottom of this article.) The tines have the look and
feel of traditional African tines, but with the solidness and sustain
of a modern kalimba.
by Jose Antonio Leiva
The first time I saw an mbira with an electronic pickup, a piezo-electric device
hooked up to a 1/4 inch jack, I couldn't conceive how a primitive instrument from
Africa could connect with an electronic amp. But I quickly saw this as a symbiosis
between two worlds, the past represented by mbira and the present represented by an
electronic amp, bridged by a mere guitar cable...
Playing Kalimba in the Heart of Africa
Eli started playing kalimba a few years back for a few reasons: his sister Sarah had started
playing kalimba a year earlier, and Eli wanted to experience what she was learning; and also
Eli wanted to play this instrument in Africa when he went to study in Swaziland. He adds, "I was so inspired by you, Mark! You can quote me on that."