After a long search we finally found high-quality Mbiras, as the Kalimbas are called in South-Eastern Africa, and included them in the DAN MOI product range.
These Mbiras come from a master workshop in Zimbabwe and are a further development of the "Mbira dza vadzimu" (Mbira of the ancestors). These are traditional ritual instruments played by the Shona at ceremonies for their ancestors. It is said that this tradition has been passed on and cultivated from generation to generation for about 700 years. A "Mbira dza vadzimu" consists of a solid wooden block, which serves as a resonance body and is traditionally equipped with 22 to 28 lamellas. The lamellas are usually played with the fingernails. Snail shells or crown caps are attached to the wood as rattles, which support the melodies of the Mbira. At night, the regular, recurring rhythms of religious gatherings sound for many hours. They help the ritual community to fall into trance, make contact with the deceased and accompany countless songs that preserve and pass on their oral cultural heritage.
With the Mbiras, which you can find at DAN MOI, the traditional construction method has largely been retained, but absolutely perfected. Our Mbiras have 15 or 24 lamellas made of three different steel qualities - high-tensile steel, spring steel or stainless steel. High-quality Kiaat wood (wild teak), which gets its resonant sound from long storage periods, serves as a durable and beautiful resonance body. The tried-and-tested rattles are already built into the Kiaatblock, which improves the handling and refines the sound considerably. And the Mbira can be held and played very well with the little finger through the three centimetre hole at the edge of the wooden resonator. The sound of the Mbira can resemble a gentle splashing rain or even massive ringing bells, opening up a variety of styles for the musician. These Mbiras have already been played by qualified ensembles at important state ceremonies. At universities and music schools in Zimbabwe this magnificent instrument is the first choice, because the tradition of passing on Mbira music to the next generation is part of the cultural identity of the population.
Thanks to the first-class materials and the masterly workmanship, you can perform professionally and improvise wonderfully with this extraordinary instrument. A purchase for life and the next generations...