The hand-carved karimbu, also known as a thumb piano, is a musical instrument from Bali. Each of these rare treasures is beautifully carved and has seven metal strings for playing. It produces a hypnotic sound that is very pleasing to the ear, as it brings to mind white sand beaches and palm trees blowing in the topical breeze.
The history of the karimbu
It is widely believed that the karimbu is of African origin, with many variations found around the world, especially in the tropics of the South Pacific and Caribbean regions which became melting pots of African, Native, Asian, and European cultures. Members of this broad family of instruments are known by a wide variety of names. In the western world, it is often called a thumb piano. Indigenous African names include likembe, mbila, mbira huru, mbira njari, mbira nyunga nyunga, nhare, matepeand njari, sansu, zanzu, karimbao, marimba, karimba, kalimba, okeme, ubo, sanza, as well as marímbula (also kalimba) in the Caribbean Islands.
Play your karimbu to relax or even as a form of meditation. The pleasant tones produced by the karimbu can be put together melodically as you feel called. Enjoy and have fun with it. These make wonderful gifts for collectors of all things rare, exquisite, musical, or cultural.
this listing is for one (1) hand-carved karimbu, about 5″ in diameter. Yours will arrive beautifully wrapped.