Kalimbas are musical instruments of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. They consist of a wooden plate (typically equipped with a resonator) with metal teeth with different distances between them.
The Kalimba is played by holding the instrument in the hands and plucking the tines with the thumbs (at a minimum), the right index finger and sometimes the left index finger. Musicologists classify it as a remelophone, part of the plucked idiophone family of musical instruments. In both eastern and southern Africa there are many kinds of mbira as it is also called, often accompanied by the hosho, a percussion instrument. It is an instrument often played at religious ceremonies, weddings and other social gatherings. "The Art of Making and Playing the Mbira/Sansi, the Finger-Plucked Traditional Musical Instrument of Malawi and Zimbabwe" was added to UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2020.