The Lala kalimba: the correlation between instrument and style.

  • Marcel Van Dijk Ethnomusicologist

Abstract

Once I got the opportunity to go to Zambia to conduct field research and stay with the Lala people for several months, I discovered much to my delight that the kalimba — the lamellophone found there — took an important place in the musical culture of the Lala. THe richness and variety of the music and the open-heartedness of the musicians turned out to be a revelation to me. Moreover, it became clear that through the kalimba other aspects of the Lala society could be exposed.

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Published
2010-11-30
How to Cite
Van Dijk, M. “The Lala Kalimba: The Correlation Between Instrument and Style.”. African Music: Journal of the International Library of African Music, Vol. 8, no. 4, Nov. 2010, pp. 84-00, doi:https://doi.org/10.21504/amj.v8i4.1868.