Bula Kalimba 17 Keys Handmade Mahogany Kalimba Thumb Piano
Bula Kalimba 17 Keys Handmade Mahogany Kalimba Thumb Piano
Our best selling signature Kalimba, sold more than 15,000 pieces. Every Bula Kalima comes with a starter kit:
An Instrument Anyone Can Play
The sound of this instrument is amazing, so much so that even playing wrong notes sounds beautiful!
The first thing that will come to your mind when you strike the tines on your Kalimba will be “Wow, it’s alive!”
Why? Because of the sound of the Kalima is so amazing and mesmerizing, even if you cannot play music, tapping on the different notes is music itself!
Instantly Play and Sound Good in 5 Minutes
You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to play – within minutes, you can learn to play a tune. You will love the feeling of success when you impress your friends & family by playing this incredible instrument!
It’s the perfect size to carry around with you. Take your Kalimba anywhere with you, for that summer vacation, that camping or road trip, a perfect travel companion!
Great for someone looking to try something new. You will absolutely mesmerized by the resonating tones and you will be instantly addicted to it as well.
It’s could act as a wonderful tension tamer. Great for stressed people as well.It’s so meditative and peaceful and you can zone out and just pluck away with your thumbs. Great solution to mindless internet scrolling.
"Amazing! the sound, the feel, the look of this kalimba combined in such a magical way."
The Secret Why Anyone Can Play Kalimba in 5 Minutes
Bula Kalimba uses a system of numbered musical notations, meaning anyone can learn to play in minutes—even with zero prior musical education or experience.
Even better, this numbers-based approach makes even advanced songs accessible, so you can start playing what you love right away.
And the way the numbers work is simple.
Here’s an example: The Numbers “1” to “7” on the Kalimba represent the musical notes of C, D, E, F, G, A, B or “do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, si, ti.”
Now the first part of the popular tune “Old MacDonald Had A Farm” now becomes: 1 1 1 1, 6 6 6, 3 3 2 2 1 – “Old Mac-don-ald had a farm, E, I, E, I O.”
Just follow the numbers, and you have a tune. Easy!
Fool-proof Numbered Musical Notations
What Does Our Kalimbas Sound Like?
The sound of the Kalima is so amazing and mesmerizing, even if you cannot play music, tapping on the different notes is music itself!
Why Bula Kalimba?
Our handmade kalimbas is made from rich mahogany and ore steel bars, which ensures a top-quality sound. Double-screw keys are used to increase the stability, and the solid mahogany gives the instrument an almost indestructible feel.
The sound box is handmade from solid mahogany, with variable tree growth giving each instrument a unique grain and shading.
The keys of our kalimbas are made of ore steel, flexible but still hard-wearing, pre-tuned and ready to use, Delivering a rich and bright tone.
Well-placed Sound Hole
The box-mounted kalimbas are louder and you can get a great "wah-wah" effect by covering and uncovering the sound holes. So adding special effects to your music is easy.
Frequently Asked Questions
The stickers can be used to help identify the keys, so you know which one is C, A, D, etc. Will help in learning where each key is while learning to play the instrument.
Pre-tuned in C.
Step 1: Find A Tuner
You can use a real tuner or download an App. Android: gStrings, iOS: Instuner.
Step 2: Tune with The Included Hammer
Making tines longer (from the point where they are held down on the bridge) will lower their pitch, and making them shorter will make their pitch higher.
Playing a kallmba with thumbs is possible, but not comfortable. Playing them with thumb fingernail tips is far more comfortable, and creates a clear melodic tone. There are products available for protecting fingernails… and it’s interesting learning about them.
If you are going to “get good” on the kalimba, you should try to play it a bit every day. Do it for 15 minutes a day. Once in a while, you will probably really get into playing, and 60 minutes will go by before you realize it.
Check out this video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7xtjrDt79w
Check out this video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmryAI-DOOM
Wash the wood down with a paper towel, lightly dampened with a little warm soapy water. The idea is to remove the soiling – not the oils and waxes used in the finish. Then wipe with a dry towel.
What Bula Kalima Owners Say
Real 5 star reviews from our customers
About Bula Kalimba
Kalimba (or Mbira/ Thumb Piano/ Likembe/ Sansula), is a kind of ancient African musical instrument. One may find it interesting to associate its spiritually healing tune with its toy-like appearance.
Bula is the most common word you’ll hear right across Fiji and it is used to greet people or say hello. When you say bula to someone, you are actually wishing them life.
It is our wish to raise the popularity of kalimba as we believe this incredible little instrument would bring the world a lot of fun. Let’s share the love for music together!
Our company and products are all designed in Los Angeles, CA. We ship orders either within your country or overseas by mail service, depending on where you are located. After we process your order, we will hand it over to the shipping company and it will be completely handled by them. After arriving to your country or state, it will be handled by your local postal service.
We ship orders Monday – Friday. Please allow 3 – 5 days processing time due to the current situation
We want you to be happy with your Bula Kalimba purchase, no matter what! With that said, we have a 30 day return policy. If you decide you’re not satisfied, just send your purchase back to us along with your order number or receipt for a full refund.
Our shipping services remain open despite the COVID-19 outbreak and regulations. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, all shipping are expected to be delayed up to 15 days. We’re in touch with our carriers and they’ll notify us of any more disruptions. We also recommend you follow your local news for any regional disruptions.
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