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The Hugh Tracey Recordings from Africa
Produced by Sharp Wood Productions (Netherlands) and International Library of African Music (ILAM - South Africa).

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Kalimba and Kalimbu Songs, Northern Rhodesia, 1952 & 1957

Listen to a Kalumbu bow song

Kalimba and Kalimbu Songs, Northern Rhodesia, 1952 & 1957 features the music of what is now modern Zambia. Unlike the other recordings, it focuses on specific types of instruments. The mbira is more familiarly known as "thumb piano," a sound box with metal tongs that are plucked by the performer. The kalimbu is a bow attached to a gourd with a single string, close in design to the birimbau of Brazil. - RootsWorld

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