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Kalimba is an old African instrument, also known as the African Thumb Piano in the west. Other names for Kalimba are mbira, ikembe, likembe, sanza, sansa, marimba, marimbula, while in the west it is also known as a finger harp or gourd piano.

The app runs in landscape mode (either side) and the instrument has 7 prongs, allows for multiple prongs to be pressed at the same time and also allows you to strum.

You can also change the tuning between C Major and G Major from the main screen.

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What's New

Version 2.8

UI adjustments for iPhone X

Ratings and Reviews



As a professional percussionist with 4 CDs on iTunes, I can say that this app is pretty amazing while being free on top of it. I've read the bad reveiws below, sad as they are written by people who say they know nothing about a kalimba.....shocking.. My advice is to go buy a real one for $75+. For to have this soothing instrument with me at all times is nothing short of amazing.

Needs work

E Stiles

A true African kalimba will have a slightly cleaner sound. A cheap American copy will sound like this. Plus the A note is the same as the D note. It's an ok app just needs to be fixed. The last update did clean up the sound but it still needs work. Review update: The latest release has fixed the A and D note being the same.

Perfect instrument for the platform...


The thumb piano is simplicity itself - anyone can play (it's like all black notes on a piano - you can't go wrong), yet there's enough interest and quality for musician's. A couple more tines (keys) might be too crowded for fingers, but I would pay a buck (and add a star) for another five or so tunings. (It has two: C and G.) Sounds ok through the speakers at lower volumes, and quite good through decent headphones. This app is a keeper.


12.1 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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