For this New Sounds, hear music that features African thumb piano, which in southern parts of Africa is called “mbira,” in Central Africa it's.
What are they? "Thumb piano" is a generic, westernised name for a range of different sub-Saharan lamellophones (instruments played by.
The mbira is an African musical instrument, traditional to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Other notable influencers bringing mbira music out of Africa are: Dumisani Maraire, who brought marimba and karimba .. Hugh Tracey Kalimbas ; ^ Chapman, David M.F., "The tones of the kalimba (African thumb piano)", J. Acoust.