Sekuru SalhaKalimba nkulu maker & player Phone: no phone
Place of residence: Gorongosa, Sofala province
Journey to GorongosaIn the first days of March 2023, Tatenda Cangola and Sekuru Manejo set out together for Gorongosa, where Manejo had lived for much of his life, to look for the families of his previous teachers and playing partners. Although double travel expenses would exhaust the budget of our first fundraiser, it seemed worth it: In addition to some Nyonganyonga players, there were prospects of finding a Ntchanje Yatsviru player, as well as the family of Sekuru Bvembe, whose wife and daughters, Manejo reported, all also played Karimba nkulu.
Destroyed bridge on the way from Catandica to Gorongosa
Sekuru SalhaSekuru Salha does not remember when he was born. His totem is Chirenje Chakunyamowa. He made his Kalimba as a teenager of about 17 years. It was the first of many instruments he built and many were lost during the war. Sekuru Salha had broken his arm when Cangola and Manejo arrived at his place. His state of health, increasing hearing loss and other circumstances did not allow a proper interview at that moment. But he said that he still plays kalimba.
Local music cultureWhen asked about other players and instrument makers in the area, Salha gave a number of names. It is unclear who is still alive, with the exception of one player who lives in Minga via Mandei.
Salha's Kalimba nkuluHere's a key-by-key recording of his instrument:
Kalimba nkulu tuning pt.1
Kalimba nkulu tuning pt.2