We started KalimbaShop in 2013 so we can reach out to you and all music lovers interested in African kalimba and mbira instruments and music. We are currently based in Antwerp, Belgium.
Juma instruments are handcrafted by Dingiswayo Juma, mbira maker from Zimbabwe. We are dedicated to producing and providing handmade quality instruments to music players all around the world.
The mbira and kalimba, also called nyunga nyunga, are old traditional African instruments. The mbira originates from Zimbabwe and the 15-key kalimba from southern Africa, most notably Mozambique. Other variations of lamellophones have been played for centuries across different African countries.
Juma Instruments are…
100% handcrafted and each instrument is unique
fully tuned and solidly build
made of selected quality natural and recycled materials
ready to play with other instruments (marimba, guitar, piano etc.)
suitable for studio recording and stage performance
Resources & Materials
We are passionate about conservation of the natural environment and sustainability. For our kalimba and mbira instruments we try to use as many recycled materials as possible. Examples are scrap metal, wood offcuts and leftover reuse of padding to protect the instrument in the packaging. We believe in building instruments that are very durable and last a long time, to further reduce the impact on the environment. We also refurbish used djembe drums to give them a second life and make sure that every tree and piece of wood gets used to the fullest. Read more about our drum projects here.
Instrument builder, maker and designer. He has 20+ years of instrument making experience and you can find him making instruments, teaching, performing or playing mbira, kalimba and djembe. Dingiswayo is a performer, teacher, facilitator and professional mbira and kalimba player. He teaches individuals and groups from beginner to advanced level. For more about music instrument making and his story check out the Hakili Instruments website.
Musician, instrument bag maker, webdesign and administrator. Also a songwriter, music performer and teacher. You can find her playing the bass drum, djembe, kalimba, piano, guitar, timpani or percussion. She has performed with various ensembles, orchestras, bands and performs and provides piano accompaniment for choirs, singers, and instrumentalists. You can check out some of her music on soundcloud.
Roland GerardSeptember 2016
Yesterday I received the kalimba and I'm delighted with it. It's perfect in sound, tuning and measure and not only a fine instrument, but also a masterpiece of traditional artwork - both elegant and sturdy. Congratulations to Dingiswayo (I lìke the nice signature he had left on the instrument) for his work and many thanks to you for making it possible and the smooth service. I will recommend Juma Instruments to my friends and other musicians.
Ardree DanielsAugust 2016
I special ordered a 19 Key Kalimba in the Red Wood in a G Major. Even though it cost more it was well worth it. You can tell the quality of it by the weight and the craftsmanship of the instrument is second to none. The keys are well tuned and plays beautiful giving out a sweet peaceful melody.
From initial contact with KALIMBAshop to holding this gorgeous instrument in my hands: i'm full of praise. - very good and nice communication, - quick delivery, - no detour via custom office, - instrument arrives carefully packed and perfectly tuned. Metal and wood feel lovely, tone is clear, sustain is tempered (not too rich – just as i hoped for) and fuzz can be accentuated by the way playing. As a beginner, I appreciate the smaller size. Thank you, Dingiswayo and Charlotte!
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