Tellingly, in Marriage Certificate, Li Shurui is not shown creating her paintings, but her husband is seen performing with several musical instruments: the stringed pipa and the mbira dzavadzimu, a thumb piano
, among them.
"It's a pretty Steve Reich-y song based around a kalimba loop that builds into this big choir thing," explains Parton, referencing the famed minimalist composer and African inspired 'thumb piano
Our music is built around the South African Kalimba I play (a tuned thumb piano
) and the Human Beatbox and Vocal Loops of Mr Phormula.
Sua Pan said what differentiated him from other artistes was his interest and use of Segaba, a traditional instrument otherwise known as a thumb piano
, and live recording of his songs.
ONE of the world's best-known performers on the thumb piano
will be the star attraction at Live Theatre this weekend.
The proper name of the thumb piano
, which must be a lot easier transport across continents than a baby grand, is the mbira dzavadzimu.
Not to be left behind, the piano part also gets the chance to serve as solo voice, accompaniment, and even gets to represent the mbira (thumb piano
) at the opening of the work.
Music-making instruments such as marimbas, a rain wheel, a kalimba (thumb piano
), and an alligator drum can be found on the trail.
The band's name is taken from the African thumb piano
featured on each of the classic funk-soul group's albums.
Performer Chris Berry spent eight years in Zimbabwe, became fluent in the language, mastered the mbira (thumb piano
), befriending the Bayaka (pygmy) people, and immersing himself in the musical scene.
The band, below, was founded back in the 1960s by Mingiedi, a virtuoso of the likembe (a traditional instrument sometimes called sanza or thumb piano
, consisting of metal rods attached to a resonator).
The result is a rare and quirky fusion, often frenetic, sometime touching, that intrigues -- and at times puzzles -- traditional players of the thumb piano
, also known as a lamellophone.