Carl Winters, the “King of Kalimba”, arrives at MoAD on October 14

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Carl Winters, The Kalimba King, will perform at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco on Saturday, October 14 at 2 p.m.

It will be a free, family-friendly show that will feature jazz, blues, pop, oldies, freedom/civil rights songs and gospel played on 12 kalimbas (thumb pianos). Africans).

Winters will also provide an educational component including a discussion of how kalimbas are used in African countries, a question and answer period, hands-on opportunities for participants to play kalimbas, and handouts illustrating how to make kalimbas.

In the 1970s, Winters was inspired by the late Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire, and performed at festivals, universities, schools, churches, libraries, nursing homes, and special events for more than three decades. . Some past performances include the Smithsonian Institution, the Gullah Festival in South Carolina, and the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

While teaching in the Oakland and Hayward school districts, Winters incorporated music into the curriculum and his students performed for television and radio stations, the mayor of Hayward, and nursing homes.

Now a retired teacher, he still teaches kalimba lessons and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as across the country.

Winters also participates in the children’s choir at Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland. For more information, visit

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