Which kalimba for playing folk music? 🎶

Looking to play folk music on a kalimba? Look no further! Discover the incredible range of kalimbas available at The Kalimba. A variety of tones and sounds for every type of music you want to produce.

The kalimba, more commonly known as the mbira or marimba, is an African musical instrument whose origins go back thousands of years. The instrument consists of a music board with a series of steel, brass or wooden strips. These strips are placed on the board and pinched with the fingers to produce a unique sound.

Being able to express yourself with the kalimba opens up sonic and melodic opportunities with different styles of music, including folk music. Different sounds can be obtained by varying tone, speed and the way the reeds are pinched.

At The Kalimba, we offer you a wide range of options for playing folk music. If you're a complete beginner, we suggest you opt for the Kalimba Blue 17which is larger and easier to play. For more variety and a wider range of sounds, the Kalimba Jaune 17 is better suited to your playing style.

The Kalimba's kalimbas are very well constructed, and offer a variety of sounds to produce rich, complex folk melodies. You can easily create complex melodies by playing single notes and modifying them.

Our kalimbas are equipped with a thumb systemwhich makes playing faster and easier. What's more, they come with a plastic pick to pinch the reeds with precision, and a reed clamp for easy note changing.

If you're looking to play folk melodies on a kalimba, it's best to try out different models to find the one that best suits your needs and playing style. At The Kalimba, we offer a variety of models at affordable prices, as well as a comprehensive guide to help you choose the best model for you. 🎶

Tips and tricks for playing folk music on a kalimba

Here are a few tips and tricks to get the most out of your kalimba and produce the best folk music possible:

  • Start by learning the basics. Make sure you understand how all the parts work and how to produce clear, coherent notes.
  • Take the time to work on your rhythm and technique. When you take the time to practice slowly and methodically, your skills will improve every time.
  • Work on your voice at the same time. The melody on your kalimba won't have the same impact if you don't use your voice to accompany the rhythm.
  • Listen to and play folk melodies. Listen to well-known artists or albums to help you understand the genre and learn more about folk music.
  • Vary your playing. Try new rhythms, different tempos and different notes.
  • Add small effects and nuances to your music. Use lower tones, light vibrato, different resonances, etc.

By following these tips, you'll easily be able to play interesting folk melodies with your kalimba. Don't be too hard on yourself, and take the time to master your instrument and your kalimba playing.


If you've always wanted to play folk music on a kalimba but haven't yet found the right model, trust The Kalimba. We offer a wide variety of kalimbas suitable for playing folk music. If you're a complete beginner, our kalimbas are also easy to play.

You can also consult The Kalimba guide for tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your Kalimba.