MBIRA COLLECTION

Indonesia

Indonesian mbira with double tiered keys and teak soundboard.

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

Nigeria

Nigerian mbira with turtle shell resonator.  Ancestor engraving on soundboard.

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

Domestic

Domestic mbira made in Washington, D.C. with double tiered keys. 

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

Kenya

Kenyan mbira with box resonator and small resonator sound hole on back.

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean mbira with 6 keys and resonator sound hole at base.

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

Ghana

Ghanaian mbira with key clasps and village etching on resonator and sound board.

 

Courtesy of T.J. Reddy

​mbiras (from available materials)

 

CIGAR BOX. . .
Cigar box mbira with internal piezo pickup.

Courtesy of Tony Pizzo, Director, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Coconut Shells . .
Mbiras with coconut resonators and walnut or Masonite soundboards.

Courtesy of Tony Pizzo, Director, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

Tin Cans . .
Mbiras with large can and 35 mm. film tin resonators.

Courtesy of Tony Pizzo, Director, Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

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