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DKCoinIconLeft.png Kalimba Tiki DKCoinIconLeft.png
Aliases Kalimba
Residence Jungle
Species Tiki
Gender Male
Affiliates Tiki Tak Tribe, Mugly
Powers/Abilities Hypnotic control
Enemies Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong
Games Donkey Kong Country Returns
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

The Kalimba Tiki is one of the high-ranking members of the Tiki Tak Tribe and the first major antagonist encountered in Donkey Kong Country Returns.


Kalimba after being released from the volcano.

After the eruption of Donkey Kong Island's volcano, Kalimba and his brethren were freed from their imprisonment and proceeded to steal all the island's bananas for their evil plot. After his release, Kalimba went across the Jungle hypnotizing all its inhabitants, which he used to steal all the bananas on the island, including DK's Banana Hoard. To ensure that it would receive no trouble from the hoard's owner, Donkey Kong, it attempted to hypnotize him and make him one of its unwilling slaves, however its hypnotic powers had no affect on the big ape who then proceeded to deliver a massive beat down on the conniving Tiki and then sent it flying with a swift punch.

However this would not be the end of Kalimba who continued to make sure that its hypnotized minions would hinder Donkey Kong's progress, but to no avail as DK continued to defeat enemy after enemy, such as Awks and Screaming Pillars, as he proceeded through the Jungle's paths. After getting through all the Jungle's obstacles, DK finally arrived at Kalimba's coliseum base where it was apparently feeding DK's bananas to Mugly. Angered by this, Donkey Kong prepared to fight Kalimba but the devious Tiki used his hypnotic powers to possess and control Mugly into fighting DK. After a long fight, Donkey Kong was able to defeat the beast and knock Kalimba out of it. DK then proceeded to beat up the Tiki and with another swift and powerful punch, he sent him flying once more.

Kalimba later appears during the final boss fight along with the eight other Tiki leaders where he transforms into one of Tiki Tong's hands and is used to fight the ape. It is destroyed, however, during the battle.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Kalimba makes an appearance as a collectible trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Trophy Information from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

# Name Appears In (Wii U version only) NTSC-U Description PAL Description
514 Kalimba
Krazy Kalimba
Wii Donkey Kong Country Returns (11/2010)
3DS Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (5/2013)
The Tiki Tak Tribe is an evil group of instrumental Tikis from Donkey Kong Country Returns. You first meet Kalimba as he hypnotizes animals with his music. The top of Kalimba Tiki looks a bit like his namesake, an African instrument that is also called a thumb piano. The Tiki Tak Tribe are the enemies shaped like musical instruments in Donkey Kong Country Returns. When Kalimba first turns up, he hypnotises the animals with his music. Incidentally, the top of his head looks just like a kalimba, an African instrument. Never seen one? Look it up!

Name in Italics denote PAL trophy name.



  • Although he's named after the Kalimba, he looks nothing like one.
  • The fifth mansion in Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon contains a jungle exhibit on the east side. In the room, Luigi can find multiple wooden spears (which are sometimes wielded by ghosts) scattered around on the ground. If one looks closely, they will notice part of the spear that looks like Kalimba Tiki.
  • Kalimba is the only high-ranking Tiki who does not make a unique sound when hypnotizing animals. In fact, Kalimba's tune is the base of the Tiki's song. Every tiki uses this base, adding their own sound.