Type: Lamellaphone > Percussion.
Region: Many > Cuba > Central America > Caribbean.
Related Instruments: In West Africa one can find closely related lamellaphones throughout West Africa from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana to Nigeria. One of differences between the African lamellaphones and the marimbula are the roles in which the instruments play in their music. The Africanlamellaphones such as the m'bira are designed to play complex polyphonic rhythms. Whereas the marimbula plays the role of bass instrument mainly for accompaniment.
Construction: The construction of the marimbula is based upon a box and adjustable lamellaphones. Only a few lamellaphones are assembled on this instrument. They are held together often by a strip of metal affixed onto a box. A sound hole on the box is carved onto the front surface. The lamellaphones can be made from flexible pieces of metal such as hack-saw blades.