When you see acoustic or instrumental covers of songs circulating online, you will often notice these people use famous instruments like guitar, piano, violin, or drums.
Today, a different kind of instrument takes the center stage and shows off what it can do. Ladies and gentlemen, meet kalimba.
Kalimba, which literally means “little music”, is a mbira-inspired instrument of Hugh Travers Tracey, which came to fruition in his efforts to spread awareness of Africa’s vast musical heritage. As an English ethnomusicologist, he and his wife collected and archived music from Southern and Central Africa for five decades.
Though used interchangeably, the major difference between the two instruments is in their scales.
The kalimba features the seven-note diatonic scale used in traditional Western music while the non-western scale of the mbira features the same notes but not in the same order. Some notes may even be missing.
In this video, kalimba shines brighter when a mysterious instrumentalist creates a wonderful cover of one of Elvis Presley’s greatest hits.
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” is a song by famous music icon Elvis Presley for his album Blue Hawaii in 1961.
In a video uploaded on his YouTube account, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Trench serenades us again as he creates his kalimba rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love”.
Elvis Presley is an American singer, musician, and actor, who is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century and is often referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll”. His energetic interpretations of songs and sexually provocative performance style catapulted his career to great success. With his rise to significant fame, Presley’s success seemed to epitomize the American Dream.
He was hailed as the best-selling solo music artist of all time and was commercially successful in many genres.
For those people who love autumn, golden retrievers, and music, this is the perfect video for you.
Strong winds rustle the autumn leaves as haunting yet sweet melodies of a fluid harmonic sound floats in the air. A guy can be seen sitting on the ground, surrounded by towering trees in its majestic fall foliage, a kalimba in hand.
Across him is an adorable golden retriever who also wants to enjoy the amazing music and fantastic view. The calming scene amplifies the tranquility produced by the kalimba, putting its listeners into a trance. The serenity of the music is like a lullaby humming you to sleep.
His distinct choice of instrument will surely pique anybody’s interest yet the soothing quality of his music will make them stay and want for more.
The simplicity of his instrumental cover makes his talent and skills truly stand out, as this talented guy has fourteen more instruments he can entertain you within his arsenal. Listening to him play is as addictive as listening to the raindrops gently pitter-patter outside your house, which is evident with the whopping 28 million views this video has amassed.
But all eyes will focus on Maple, the true star of Acoustic Trench’s videos.
Maple is a mixed breed with part border collie, golden retriever, and shetland sheepdog. For Trench who prefers to maintain his anonymity, he lets Maple take the spotlight and it is one of the sweetest things you will see on the internet.
As if on cue, Maple saunters to Trench for a pet, signaling the end for such heart-warming cover. If you seek to be blown away with immense talent, cuteness, and amazing view, feel free to check out this video.
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