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date: 19 April 2024

mbira, kalimba, likembe. 

The Oxford Companion to Music
Jeremy MontaguJeremy Montagu

Common African names for various species of *lamellophone consisting of a board, box, or bowl held in the hands, with a series of iron or bamboo tongues attached to it and plucked by the thumbs and forefingers. Frequently the longest tongue is in the centre with shorter tongues in sequence alternately to the left and right. This type of instrument is one of the most popular throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Another term for it is ‘marimba’; European names include ‘thumb piano’, ‘hand piano’, ‘linguaphone’, and ‘sansa’ or ‘sanza’.... ...

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