Mbira are a family of musical instruments, traditional to the Shona people of Zimbabwe. They consist of a wooden board (often fitted with a resonator) with attached staggered metal tines, played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs (at minimum), the right forefinger most mbira, and sometimes the left forefinger. Musicologists classify it as a lamellaphone, part of the plucked idiophone family of musical instruments. In Eastern and Southern Africa, there are many kinds of mbira, often accompanied by the hosho, a percussion instrument. It is often an important instrument played at religious ceremonies, weddings, and other social gatherings.The "Art of crafting and playing Mbira/Sansi, the finger-plucking traditional musical instrument in Malawi and Zimbabwe" was added to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity i A modern interpretation of the instrument was commercially produced and exported by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey from the late 1920s onward, popularising similar instruments outside of Africa. Tracey's design was modeled after the mbira nyunga nyunga and named'Kalimba' after an ancient predecessor of the mbira family of instruments. This item is in the category "Antiques\Musical Instruments\String". The seller is "naga_4823" and is located in this country: US.