HOKEMA has stood for high-quality musical instruments since 1985. The firm, based in the small town of Walsrode in Germany, develops and produces unique sound wonders: Kalimbas. The warm, soft and gently relaxing sounds are harmonious in themselves as well as when played with other instruments. Anyone can immediately begin to play the handy Kalimbas: due to the pre-tuned scales, wonderful enchanting melodies are created. Peter Hokema, the founder and owner of the firm, experimented passionately with various instruments during his study of music and it was this that led him to discover these traditional African plucked instruments.
The breakthrough came in 2001 when Peter invented the Sansula: an oval wooden frame covered with drumskin which resonates to the tones of the Kalimba mounted in the centre. The sounds were immediately greeted with great enthusiasm and the instrument was duly patented. They are made of high quality materials such as cherrywood exclusively in Germany and in cooperation with German suppliers. The energy required is generated by the company’s own ecologically-friendly photovoltaic module on the roof of the production facility in Walsrode.
Sansula Basic: 9 notes. Tuning: A minor (A - C - C - A - A - F - E - E - B)
Sansula Basic Melody: 11 notes. Tuning: G major (G - A - E - D - C - G - D - G - F# - B - A)
Sansula Renaissance: 9 notes. Tuning: A minor (A - C - C - A - A - F - E - E - B)
Sansula Renaissance Melody: 11 notes. Tuning: G major (G - A - E - D - C - G - D - G - F# - B - A)
Hokema B-17: wood body, 17 notes. Tuning: C-major (D - B - G - E - C - A - F - D - C - E - G - B - D - F - A - C - E)
Hokema Twin: wood body, two sets of identically-tuned tines that can be played by two people at once. Tuning: 2x A minor (A - C - C - A - A - F - E - E - B)