The Kambira is a small thumb piano handmade by Dingiswayo Juma. Kambira means “little/small voice” in Shona, language of the Shona people from Zimbabwe. The kambira has got a small lightweight wooden soundboard with less keys, yet it is made with the same quality material and sound as the larger Juma Instruments.
Kambira – African Lamellophone Thumb Piano – Tuned in G. Dimensions 15 x 12cm. Professional handmade instrument made of hard wood and metal.
This instrument can be played by adults and children from age 6. Playing music is beneficial to children’s learning abilities, their emotional stability, finger coordination and listening skills. The kambirais an accessible and easy to play instrument that encourages children’s musicality and stimulates their musical ear.
Tuning G mixolydian (with F instead of F#). So this Kambira in G can be played with instruments in C major:
We can make different types of kambira and custom tunings on request.