kamba (One-note Xylophone)

About this object

Narrative

Collected by Marshall in the Blantyre district of Malawi in 1970.

Physical description

Kamba made of a calabash sounding chamber with a burned dotted design. The sticks supporting the sounding board are fixed into clay around the rim of the calabash. These sticks include the four legs at an angle with each pair connected by rope which goes through, and attaches a long flat rectangular wood piece with pointed ends. There is a stick (part b) which tapers at one end that has five angled sides.