Definition of "kalimba" []

  • An African musical instrument in the shape of a wooden box set with metal bars that are plucked with the fingers. (noun)
  • A modern version of the African percussion instrument mbira or thumb piano (noun)

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Use "kalimba" in a sentence
  • "His soothing voice complements the various instruments he plays, such as kalimba"
  • "The likembe (similar to the mbira or kalimba) that gives the band its signature resonating, nuanced, jingling melody is hand crafted from items salvaged from a junkyard."
  • "Thumb pianos do in fact appear: the kalimba-led ballad "Yalo" is the soft, lay your head back and relax number."