I recently saw the Jamaican mento band The Jolly Boys and noticed they feature a sort of giant kalimba-type instrument as a bass. I thought people here might be interested. Apparently these things are known as Marimbulas or Rhumba boxes and were a common feature of mento bands and are also used in Cuban music. I reckon they could work nicely in a cigar box type of band too.

Here's a couple of pictures to illustrate




For more info on The Jolly Boys see,


http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/665c

http://jollyboysmusic.com

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Dennis Havlena has plans on how to build one!

http://www.dennishavlena.com/bk.htm
Josh Humphrey does amazing work, and is my sensei here in Oregon. Here's a link to his Bass Kalimba:
http://jbhguitars.com/site/index.php?page_id=9
If you watch Kenny Chesney's video " Everybody wants to go to heaven" right near the beginning a gent is playing a marimbula.

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