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Hokema - Sansula Basic

Hokema - Sansula Basic

Regular price $177.00 CAD
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Come visit Kikospace for a complimentary 30 minute appointment to play and shop instruments and essential oils. Please note that these appointments are not for Crystal Bowls. To view, shop and play the bowls you must book a 60 minute consultation. Kikospace is located at 2104 Dundas St W.

The Sanula Basic is the entry level Sansula at the lowest price point. The difference between the Sansula models is the material of the drum skin. The basic is made with a delicate synthetic material. The Renaissance is made with a very durable synthetic and the Deluxe is made with goatskin which is strong and highly resonant. The Basic creates beautiful sound, it is just not as resilient or moisture resistant as the other two models, and not suitable for kids. Treat with extra sensitivity. Handmade in Germany by Hokema.

Notes of dew drops in the garden, soft rain falling on water, otters holding hands, echoes of enchanted beings, the song you sang to yourself when you were very small and that you always carry with you.



A minor tuning with 9 tines A - C - C - A - A - F - E - E - B.

Materials: Cherry wood Kalimba Block. Beech wood frame, metal tines. The synthetic drum skin is cellulose.

Measurements: 7.8 x 6.1 x 2.6 inch

How to play: pluck slowly or quickly using your thumbs or second and third fingers. Find your melody and rhythm. Play notes together, honour a single note and let it vibrate into waves of delight. Create a fun 'wah-wah' effect by holding the instrument against the body or a flat surface and make magical sound waves. You can also purchase a Sansula soft bag to carry and protect your instrument which is made from a specially designed material that doubles  as a resonator and is perfect for the 'wah-wah'.


The Sansula is a patented invention from HOKEMA, a new development of the Kalimba (also called Sansa or Mbira), which has its origins in southern Africa. Kalimbas are reed instruments that are plucked with the thumbs or fingers. In Africa, you can find them in countless forms and designs, in which the vibration of the metal tongue (tine) is amplified in various ways (e.g. on a resonance box, a hollow body like a calabash gourd or simply a piece of solid wood).

With the Sansula, the vibration of the metal tongue (tine) is first "stored" in a block of wood, which then transmits it to a sound membrane. In this way, the sound can be heard much longer than with other methods of sound amplification. Supported by the tuning, the octaves are next to each other which create a wonderful and soft sound, rich in overtones, which can be elicited from the instrument with ease.


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