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Latin Percussion Launches New Kalimbas Expanding Its Ethnic Percussion Range

Latin Percussion (LP) is adding to its growing range of ethnic percussion instruments with Kalimbas in two sizes. LP already offers a range of African inspired percussion instruments such as Djembes, Bata, Shekere, and new Kalimbas extend the choice further.

LP Kalimbas are based on the Mbira, an instrument played in Africa for thousands of years at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings. Handheld and played with the thumbs, this cultural instrument was added to the UNESCO Representative list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020 which classified it as “The art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, the finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe“.

The 9-key LP Kalimbas are available in Solid Natural Ash (LP0209) or Deep Cherry finished (LP0219DC) versions. Both have nine Chrome-plated metal tines laid out in a C pentatonic scale that produce clear and pure notes, which when blended together, create beautifully layered tones. The alternative Deep Cherry finished version features a chambered Siam Oak body for added resonance.

The 17-Key Kalimba, finished in Deep Cherry (LP0217DC), features a chambered Siam Oak body that fits comfortably in your hands and has a built-in vibrato side ports to add a sonic “wah” element to the sound.

To find out more about all the new LP Kalimbas, plus all the other Latin Percussion products, please go to #wearerhythm

See LP at The UK Drum Show 2023.

Founded in 1964, Latin Percussion (LP) is the largest hand percussion instrument brand in the world. The company offers an extensive line of hand percussion instruments and percussion accessories including patented designs such as the Jam Block®, Ridge Rider Cowbell® and Egg Shaker. Many of the world’s top artists play LP including: Giovanni Hidalgo, Richie Gajate-Garcia, Karl Perazzo, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Travis Barker, Mike Portnoy and Cindy Blackman-Santana among others. For more information, visit



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