This earlier and shorter-than-usual newsletter is mainly to let you know about some exciting new products, including some tablature downloads, a book, and an amazing new line of kalimbas that we're carrying, but we want to also remind you of our incredible 20% off Anniversary Sale - one day only - June 20th.
Back in the sixties and early seventies the kalimba began to appear in the music of such American artists as Taj Mahal and the R & B band, Earth, Wind & Fire. In this video you can watch Maurice White playing the kalimba prelude to "Evil," a song written by Phillip Bailey and Maurice White in 1973. We've figured out a tuning similar to the one Maurice White uses in this video, have written out his prelude
to "Evil" in tablature and offer this to you as a free download.
With a tally of over 170,000 views to date,"First Look Inside" qualifies as my first YouTube hit single.
This song has introduced many people to the kalimba and Kalimba Magic. Now you can download the tablature
and learn this song on the Hugh Tracey Alto Kalimba!
The 8-Note kalimba is the most popular entry level instrument we sell at Kalimba Magic. Kids do wonderfully on the 8-Note, and adults who are new-to-the-kalimba find this instrument helps them quickly get their heads around the idea that notes alternate from right to left going up the scale. But what if you feel you have outgrown the 8-Note kalimba and are itching for more of a challenge?
We've got six new directions to take your kalimba playing:
Mark Holdaway and music therapist Kathryn Rambo present this exciting new book with
29 arrangements of favorite songs for the pentatonic kalimba.
Kathryn writes: "This book grew out of a request by a very creative
student of mine, Adam, who lives with autism. My student asked to learn some songs he was familiar with, ones he could play
for his family." Thank you so much Adam! Without you, we wouldn't have this book.
What are your plans for the Fourth of July? This year, why not get creative and learn to play some
of the great music in our brand new Kalimba Americana collection of 30 songs for the Alto Kalimba,
now available as a
download for $10! Songs include: Battle Hymn of the Republic, Follow the Drinking Gourd,
God Bless America, Hard Times, Home on the Range, Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, Little Boxes,
My Country Tis of Thee, Marines Hymn, My Grandfather's Clock, and much more! A collection as
diverse as America itself.
Each year that Kalimba Magic has been in business, we have added a high quality
kalimba maker to our catalog. This year, we are adding the 2B kalimbas made by
Thomas Bothe. We think you will agree that the 2B kalimbas are amazing instruments,
with delightful and innovative properties. Even if you aren't in the market
for a new kalimba, you really need to watch the video of this great new instrument!