We continue our visit to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix--
We left the first floor galleries and headed upstairs.
The thumb piano is an instrument unique to Africa, with a sounding box that can be made of wood, reeds, gourds, turtle shells or another hollow or concave object. A popular use of the thumb piano is to accompany storytelling. The most common chants or accompaniments consist of three-tone melodies repeated over and over.
In this display of tube zithers, we could see and hear them being played in Madagascar.
This open space overlooking the first floor seemed like the perfect place to display these articles.