Hakili Instruments Team
Instrument builder , designer, inventor, modifier and repairer. A west and Southern African hand drum performer, teacher and facilitator from solo to ensemble level. Professional Mbira and Kalimba player. He has 20 years of Instrument making, playing, teaching ,performance and Southern African dance. He teaches individuals and groups from beginner to advanced level how to play Mbira, Kalimba, djembe, Mbirimba, singing and dancing. Dingiswayo invented his own xylophone or Mbira note like arranged xylophone and named it " MBIRIMBA". Gavin Coppenhall, a master Marimba maker at Montebello in Cape town made Dingiswayo's invention and through long hours of practice Dingiswayo developed the repertoire and technique for it that people still enjoy today.
Charlotte van der Post:
Instrument bag maker and designer; Web designer administrator and customer service; Piano, djembe and bass drum ,kalimba and vocal performer; teacher and facilitator. She plays the bass drum, djembe ,kalimba, piano, guitar, timpani and percussion. She has performed with various ensembles, orchestras, piano accompaniments, choirs and instrumentalists. Charlotte is a singer.
Mbira by Dingiswayo Juma
Mbira or kalimba bags by Charlotte van der Post
The kalimba here is a combination of the natural calabash, metal, binding wire and plywood. I glue the plywood to the calabash and then lay the keys. The four holes help the amplification or outing of the sound.
This is one of the Mbira key shapes that I make and like the most. I feel the Instrument calling me to play it by the way its crafted and sounds
Is your drum broken or not looking good. Email me :
I can replace your drum skin, replace the rope, seal any cracks or just tune it to sound great. In this picture I am replacing the broken goat skin of the djembe. The skin is applied wet, leave it to dry and then tune the drum or tighten the skin when its dry to get a boom sound. The drum must call you to play it by the way it looks and sounds. The repair costs depend on how much needs to be done on your Instrument and it will be fair. If one of your marimba keys is broken I can also assist by replacing it with a new one as long as I have the matching hardwood; sound wise and and the general look