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X8 Drums Matemai High Tuned Dandaranyika Mbira Kalimba (Zimbabwe)

Musical Instruments

Zachary, LA 70791



ITEM#: 17235775

This is a very special version of the Zimbabwean Kalimba. This kalimba was made in Zimbabwe by master player, Newton Gwara. This kalimba is built in tune with regular high-tuned mbiras. A traditional instrument of the Shona people in Zimbabwe, kalimbas usually have only 15 keys, so they don't have the full seven-note scale of a regular mbira and are missing a couple of the major chord tones you need to play a lot of the traditional repertoire of mbira music. However, this model was designed specifically to add in those extra chord tones. It is called the "Dandaranyika" kalimba, which in the Shona language translates to, "the kalimba that can be played all over the world." With this innovative kalimba, you can play the repertoire of the regular kalimba as well as the repertoire of the bigger mbiras. Like mbiras, all kalimbas are hand built. The steel rod keys are pounded and filed by hand while the soundboard is made from beautiful Mukwa wood, the original wood used to make traditional kalimbas. These kalimbas have buzzers (the bottlecaps) on the soundboard to create that distinctive buzzing sound.

Product Features:
  • Made in Zimbabwe by master player and instructor, Newton Gwara.
  • Professional quality instrument with Mbira performance range.
  • Co-designed and played by USA master percussionist Joel Laviolette.
  • Dimensions: 1 inch high x 6 inches wide x 8 inches long
  • Materials: Wood, Metal
  • Model: RT-KALIMBA
  • Color: Brown
  • Type of instrument: Thumb Piano
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Storage: Store in dry environment and away from extended exposure to extreme temperatures

Story Behind the Art:
The master craftsmen of these kalimbas are also masters of Zimbabwean music. A unique talent that has been handed down through the generations, each artisan has been taught since early childhood on proper technique in the art of creating these sacred instruments. This is their livelihood after all, and something artists don't take lightly. They love to share their gift for all to enjoy.

What is Worldstock?

The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


  • Worldstock Country: Zimbabwe
  • Type: Percussion, Keyboard, Other
  • Color: Brown


Type Keyboard, Percussion
Worldstock Country Zimbabwe
Color Brown
Product Features Handmade
Dimensions 1 inch high x 6 inches wide x 8 inches long
Model Number RT-KALIMBA
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
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