Thanks a lot. This was my first order. Good Packaging. I am very grateful to
Charlotte & Dingiswayo for their help. All my questions were answered so that I could choose my first mbira… Kind Regards
Rated 5 out of 5
My second order. I love the sound of my new mbira too. Do not hesitate to contact Charlotte & Dingiswayo if you need help. They will answer to your questions. Good packaging, once gain! Tatenda!
One of the most beautiful instruments I have ever had the honor of playing!
I ordered from this site because I felt like a direct contact to the maker is important. I sometimes even go to the workshop where my instruments are built. But this time it was not possible to travel so I thought I’d try ordering one. The customer support was heartwarmingly casual and I even got a lovely message from Dingi himself after sending him an improvisation I recorded.
Back to the Instrument: if you are thinking of getting a Kalimba, Mbira etc, you have found a great builder full of passion. And I definitely recommend just ordering it right now :D.
When it arrived I played around and believe me i was just flabbergasted! On the second day I added one more key (sorry, next time I’ll just get the bigger one) the next day I added one more. And now I got 19 keys on it and tuned them all. I do not recommend adding or changing anything on the instrument. I have worked with instruments for all my live and was just missing some notes that I heard in my head so I acted quickly before the melody was gone. Please don’t try it at home!
The very deep bass notes I added sound like a pizzicato chello. And every single key has a variety of sounds you can get out. And it’s nice to bring along basically everywhere. I sat with it in my hands the whole Christmas Day this year and cheered people up with it.
It feels like every day with this thing brings more varieties in how I play and how it acts on different surfaces. I installed a piezzo into a wooden box and I can put the Kalimba on it and create tremolo sounds I have never dreamed of on the guitar or piano before.
I’ve listend to a lot of traditional playing as well and I do think that you will be very satisfied if you get one of Dingiswayo Jumas ones. I did not get a resonator because I live tiny as People say now and have a lot of instruments and wanted to save some space. But when I buy my next one I might think of making some room for it. So please do think about that too. I try working with resonators I already have like cases for other instruments etc and that sounds very beautiful too. But for a more traditional sound of course…go traditional
Speaking of cases: wonderful bag comes with it. You open the Package and won’t stop smiling. I promise!
I could go on for hours about how amazing this Kalimba is. And I have spent way more money on other things that didn’t make me happy for so long.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I guess I’ll have to go to Zimbabwe soon to hear more of it.
Roland Gerard -September 2016 (custom kalimba order)
“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.” GermanyVisit his YouTube Channel
Erin Windibank -March 2018 (3 x kalimba in F for community project)
“The three nyunga nyungas have arrived and they are wonderful! And the bags are absolutely beautiful. I’m trying to convince my friend to be slightly less enthusiastic because his thumbs are bleeding and he still refuses to put the bass down. We’ve begun sharing with university students and community musicians as well – they really draw people in and help them to feel less intimidated about music making. Thank you so much!” Canada
I ordered a custom tuned mbira and I must say the support is fantastic. He made the mbira and shared some clips with me before sending out. Very nice costumer support. When the mbira arrived I was shocked how good the mbira is…strong bass, perfect in tuning, very strong keys, amazing sound, one could not stop playing…I am more than satiesfied, its one of my favourite mbiras, and I have many from different mbira makers. But this one is outstanding, unbelievable striking sound…thanks you so much, Dingiswayo!
Lovely sound, solid build
I’ve fall in love with my cute little Kalimba!
It sounds really nice, the size is perfect to take it everywhere and it ‘s sturdy and solid.
In addition it comes with a padded bag.
Love it again
This is my second Kalimba by Dingiswayo and love it again. A fresh sound and a more up beat key, love the subtle difference in playing the tunes from the Learn Kalimba book compared to my c major. Thank you once again Charlotte and Dingiswayo for the speedy deliver and all you help. Brilliant
Tall C tuning Kalimba
Wow wow wow, is what I keep saying. Just received my Kalimba and wow, what a beautifully crafted instrument, there is so much care and attention and passion gone into crafting this, it radiates beauty. I am so very glad that I chose to get my instrument from you. Well worth it, it is alive with joy. Love it and the beautiful bag to protect it., fabulous thank you
Really enjoy the Nyunga Nyunga. A very nice handmade musical instrument. Juma Drums was also very helpful in answering my questions (I had quite a few). The bag that comes with it was also a lot nicer than I was anticipating. I’m looking forward to learning to play this instrument and I’m already thinking about purchasing a larger sized Mbira from Juma Drums as well. Over all a very pleasant experience. : )
19 key nyunga nyunga
Lovely, chunky sweet sounding kalimba – really enjoying playing it – mesmerising. Posting to England no problem with padded bag included. Many thanks.
19 Key Kalimba Red Wood
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.
Kalimba 19 keys in F
This is a second Kalimba I bought from Dingiswayo and it sounds like an Angel. Very good work, keys are soft and the sound is strong. You can feel the heart beating of Mama Africa when playing.
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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