World Music Spotlight: Lamellaphones

by Abby @ Quaver on May 10, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,

It’s my pleasure to welcome to the blog, a friend to all of us at Quaver HQ. . . Vinay!

You might recognize Vinay from the Challenge section of each instrument in Quaver’s World Music.
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Vinay is here to give us an expert spotlight on Lamellaphones!

A recent graduate of Belmont University, Vinay has worked extensively as a drummer, percussionist, and vocalist and is proficient playing drums in all styles of music, including percussion from his native India.  Vinay has traveled all over the world for his music, making him a perfect addition to Quaver’s World Music Month! He’s been playing and studying music since he was 10 years old and continues to this day!

Tell us about Lamellaphones, Vinay!

  • A lamellaphone is defined as any instrument that sounds as a result of plucking various metal tongues or “lamella” that are attached, on one side, to a sound board.
  • The word lamellaphone comes from the Latin “lamella”, meaning plate, and the Greek root “phonos”, meaning sound.
  • A few examples of lamellaphones are the mbira, sanza, kisanji, likembe, kalimba, kongoma, and marimbula.
  • The tongues of a lamellaphone may be arranged like a piano and they may be small enough to pluck with one finger.  They can also be made with or without resonators, which are chambers through which sound can reverberate further.
  • Lamellaphones are used in many varieties of music, from traditional Southeast African music to Caribbean music to American Hip-Hop.


And now, to complete our week of Lamellaphones, try the Easy, Medium, and Hard challenges for the Marimbula from Vinay at!

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