Articles tagged with: kalimba performance

08 April 2020

John Burns is Having the Time of His Life

Posted in News and Announcements

Playing Sansula and Native American Flute at 86, he is at a peak of his musical career

John Burns is Having the Time of His Life

At the age of 86, John Burns of Melbourne, Australia is having the time of his life, playing meditative music on the Native American Flute and the Sansula. He started playing tuba in high school, then a rare chording harmonica. He continues his exploration of arpeggiated chords, now on the Sansula.

John brings the sensitivity and spirituality of the Native American Flute to his Sansula playing, and he touches the hearts of the people for whom he plays.

30 August 2019

Performing on Kalimba: yet more advice

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

Earlier posts help you prepare. This post deals with the day of performance.

Performing on Kalimba: yet more advice

When you are playing a kalimba performance, the most important thing is to have a good time. If you are happy and having fun, it will show. The audience will see you, really see you, and this gives a huge opening for the music. So, the big advice is that the day of your kalimba performance should mostly lead up to you being relaxed and having fun.

I like to run through all of the songs I will be performing. Sometimes, like if I am performing on a shipping day, I will have to work and won't have time for a run-through. In that situation, I try to do a run-through the previous night.

More kalimba performance advice?

08 September 2019

Selecting Songs for a Kalimba Performance

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

From my experiences in the past

Selecting Songs for a Kalimba Performance

One kalimba associate asks: "How do I choose the songs to play at my kalimba performance?"

Well, you want songs that connect with meaning and significance to you... and also to your audience.

Even though your kalimba is probably not a traditional African instrument, I ask you to consider it nonetheless as a sacred instrument, capable of touching people, moving people, healing people, and helping people be their best. Of course, that means both the musician and the audience. Seemingly a tall order, but the magical kalimba is suited for it.

And the songs you choose can play into this narrative.

25 August 2019

Sage advice for performing on Kalimba

Written by Mark Holdaway, Posted in News and Announcements

30 Years of Kalimba Performance Experience Might Assist You on Your Kalimba Path

Sage advice for performing on Kalimba

Everyone has their own learning style, from totally alone wandering in the wilderness, to working with a book, to a full teacher-student relationship. And no matter what our personal style is, good tips from a veteran along the way can be of monumental importance. Being a great kalimba performer stems directly from being a great kalimba player.

We may be deep into our own learning journey, and a few good words of advice could be very very welcome. And if we are starting out then how great of a gift is it to get a brief guide to the best habits to develop so we have the best shot at growing into a good musician and competent performer?

This post comes directly from the heart of someone who has been there, knows all the ropes, the pains and pitfalls and pleasures to becoming a master at kalimba, and he provides invaluable insight and memorable pointers for all kalimba players, gently encouraging self knowledge, hard work, and joy. 

                                                                                    - Sara Edelman, editor at Kalimba Magic

23 May 2016

Titos Sompa and Mark Holdaway: Merging Sound and Story in an Evening of Kalimba

Written by Michelle Hollett, Posted in News and Announcements

Review of a house concert in Tucson, May 2016

Titos Sompa and Mark Holdaway: Merging Sound and Story in an Evening of Kalimba

On the cusp of the new moon, on the evening of May 4th, a group of individuals gathered in the living room of Tabitha Danloe, before performers Mark Holdaway and Titos Sompa, and around the kalimba—the force of the evening. Titos Sompa is a Congolese Master in dance, drum, kalimba, and more. Mark Holdaway is the founder of Kalimba Magic.

My own experience with the kalimba is brand new—just a brush stroke in the air. I am no expert in its anthropological beginnings: the places, the cultures; the spiritual roots and experiences; the sounds the kalimba can make and how they happen. But Titos Sompa and Mark Holdaway are experts—and each in their own way. In this intimate concert setting, each of the men pulled the audience into their individual, and shared, passion for the kalimba. And it was plain to see: it’s a passion that is rooted deep in their hearts, and deep in their stories.   A profundity of story was what I experienced that night, and was what I took home with me. The kalimba inspires story. The kalimba is story.