African thumb piano - make your own! Damon Reinagle takes you step by step, in order to create an African thumb piano. Your students will love you for this one!
Drumming and drum beats are essential to the sound of traditional African music. Along with the beat of the drum, the plunking and sometimes tin sounding reverberations of the African thumb piano are utilized in many ceremonial rituals. The mbira is one of the most commonly found types of lamellophones in the African culture. It is usually placed in a gourd or it is attached to a gourd making it a sound box like on a guitar or violin.