A term for these kinds of instruments
in central parts of Africa that are sometimes made
from oil or gas cans. This sanza was made by
adapting a Hugh Tracey kalimba. In Western
popular music, terms such as sanza, kalimba,
and mbira are often used generically to indicate
a general kind of instrument rather than a specific
traditional African instrument.
The sanza pictured below is
from Sierra Leone (traditionally known as kondi)
and was the instrument that the late Collin
Walcott (1945-1984) used with the groups Codona
and Oregon. Walcott used the term "sanza"
generically and tuned & played in a more personal
or creative style.