KALIMBAMAN SCOTTY HAYWARD
Hi - I'm Kalimbaman Scotty Hayward. I've been playing, building, and collecting African Kalimbas for over 50 years. (I like to say that I started as a baby. Not true, but I like to say it.)
Here's one of my oldest songs, played on one of my oldest kalimbas. I made this instrument in 1973, when I was an apprentice to Ryphon Gray. Ryphon is a self-taught kalimba maker, who designed several innovations, including adjustable braces, tines that are easy to tune, and sound holes on the sides of the box (instead of the bottom).
Cakewalk Into Town
This song is by Taj Mahal and is played on my newest creation: The Triple Meinl Gourd Kalimba. The gourd is from Africa. I've mounted three Meinl Kalimbas inside, and tuned them in chord patterns.
Everything I Do Is Gonna Be Funky
This song is by Allen Toussaint. Played on a Hugh Tracy Kalimba, with my own blues tuning.
This song is by (with apologies to) Ludwig Beethoven. This is how I imagine Beethoven would have written this song, if he had a kalimba and a Wah-Wah pedal. Played on my good old A minor kalimba, one of the first ones I made.
Ocean Bridge/One Drop
This is a mashup of two original tunes. It is played on a Ryphon-style kalimba that I made about 20 years ago.
Each kalimba has a unique key arrangement and tuning. My instruments and tunings are always evolving. I might add a note, change a note, or rearrange the tines to make a pattern easier to play. I create each tuning by starting with the pitches that resonate best on that kalimba. Then I gradually add notes to fill out a scale, or to play a certain pattern.
I grew up around pianos. My father rebuilt pianos in our garage. And he also had a great collection of records from The Caribbean and Africa. So I listened to everything from Bach and Chopin to Belafonte and Olantunji.