About AMI Wind Instruments

 

AMI produces a variety of traditional and new African wind instruments. Click here for our wind instrument product catalogue.

NYANGA PAN PIPES
This set of four instruments, called Nyanga by the Nyungwe people from the Tete district of Mozambique, represent a basic starter set for an ensemble that can include up to 30 instruments. The music played on them is challenging, involving blowing and singing interlocking rhythmic patterns, while dancing intricate steps. They are an excellent introduction to the complexities of African music. A detailed instruction booklet is included and recordings are available from ILAM (the International Library of African Music), at Rhodes University.

PEDI REED PIPES
The ensemble instrument that inspired Hugh Tracey to coin the phrase: “One man, one note”. These sets of single pipes, tuned pentatonically, can be made to special order.

KUDU HORNS
This set of six horns, blown trumpet-style through a transverse hole near the tip, represents a cross pollination of musical traditions. Animal horns are played all over Africa, and ensembles of pentatonic instruments form the basis of many musical traditions, from the Makondere horn bands from central Africa, to the single panpipes of the Pedi. Pentatonic xylophone and harp tunes can also be transposed onto this set. The sound is warm and mellow and will lend a unique African heraldic call to any formal occasion. Some representative musical score are included.

“Animal horns are played all over Africa, and ensembles of pentatonic instruments form the basis of many musical traditions, from the Makondere horn bands from central Africa, to the single panpipes of the Pedi...”

 

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