The Impempe is a really astonishing whistle. It comes from the skilled hands of Ian Turnbull who is based in South Africa. Ian is a highly talented Piper and Whistle Player and Maker.
The Impempe whistle captures all the magic of the lush KwaZulu-Natal region – a region that has many similarities with the Celtic landscapes of Western Europe.
It's a serious whistle - for a serious player. The polished aluminium body and mouthpiece both look slick. The tuning slide is highly functional. Intonation is impressive. Back pressure is moderate to hard blow on all whistles. The Impempe has a unique amount of chiff, yet it still sings wistfully reflecting the misty and enigmatic slopes of its motherland.
South Africa is not new to the culture of whistle playing – it is steeped in the musical legacy of SA, with the Kwela capturing many hearts on the world music stage.
In these challenging financial times the arrival if the ‘Impempe’ could not have arrived at a more appropriate moment. These are rare instruments – so if you see them in stock, you know what to do.