10 Extraordinary African Musical Instruments

The Mbira

A thumb piano, the Mbira consists of two rows of metal strips. More common in Eastern and Southern Africa, the Mbira is one of the most unique African musical instruments.


Closely related to the Oboe, the Algaita is a wind instrument with a wider opening at its base. Usually made from reeds, this instrument is often featured in traditional ceremonies and festive activities in different African countries, making it one of the most popular African musical instruments.

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