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Kalimba Kadjaly Marichal Ibar (born July 26, 1982), known professionally as Kalimba, is a Mexican singer and actor.

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Kalimba Kadjaly Marichal Ibar

(1982-07-26) July 26, 1982 (age 37)
  • Singer
  • actor
Years active1984–present
RelativesM'balia Marichal (sister)


Marichal was born in Mexico City to parents who are Afro-Cuban. He and his sister M'balia were both given traditional African names. His parents, especially his father, were involved in music and theatre.

Kalimba began his career at the age of three. He and his sister M'balia Marichal began performing in theater and on television. Kalimba appeared on shows such as Chiquilladas and Chocolate Chip (in which he shared credit with his sister and his father). At the same time he participated in the soap opera Carrusel Americas biography.

In 1993 Kalimba joined La Onda Vaselina as part of the Mexican pop group OV7, participating in the album La Banda Rock. After leaving the group in 1996 he returned to dubbing with work in films such as The Lion King where he sang as the voice of Simba for the song I Just Can't Wait to Be King (Yo Quisiera Ya Ser El Rey),[1] and James and the Giant Peach. He voiced Takashi in the Latin American version of Akira, as well as the eponymous character in Chicken Little. Other works include the voice of Arnold in Hey Arnold!, the voice of Lucky in 101 Dalmatians: The Series and the telenovela "Carrusel de las Américas".

Kalimba is also known for his acting, appearing in Héroes verdaderos (2010), Broken Sky (2006) and Chispas de chocolate (1986).

Criminal complaint and dismissalEdit

In January 2011 an arrest warrant was issued for Kalimba in Mexico after an allegation that he raped a 17-year-old girl in a hotel room after a concert in Chetumal, Quintana Roo, on December 18, 2010.[2][3][4] Traveling to the United States, Kalimba was arrested on January 20, 2011 on immigration charges in El Paso, Texas and turned in to PGR back in Mexico.[5] He was released on January 27, 2011 due to lack of evidence.[6]



  1. ^ "Report: Mexican singer accused of raping teen to testify". CNN. January 22, 2011. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  2. ^ Mexican Pop Star Kalimba's Rape Allegations Grip Mexico. Retrieved on 2011-07-02.
  3. ^ "No una, sino dos menores de edad acusan a Kalimba de haberlas violado". CNN (in Spanish). December 28, 2010.
  4. ^ Kalimba cae en contradicciones, afirma procurador – Espectáculos. Esmas. 2011-01-12. Retrieved on 2011-07-02. (in Spanish)
  5. ^ "Mexican singer who is accused..." CNN. January 21, 2011. Retrieved January 21, 2011.
  6. ^ "Judge orders release of Mexican singer accused of rape". CNN. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.

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