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Krazy Kalimba
Krazy Kalimba
Krazy Kalimba's artwork from the game Donkey Kong Country Returns for Wii.
Full Name Krazy Kalimba
Homeland Donkey Kong Island
World(s) Jungle
Residence(s) Mugly's Mound
Family Unknown
Species Tiki
Gender Unknown
Age Unknown
Affiliation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe
Occupation(s) Tiki Tak Tribe Leader
Powers/Abilities Hypnotizing and possessing creatures Skilled Combatant
Enemies Kong Family,
Donkey Kong,
Diddy Kong (somewhat)
Game(s) Donkey Kong Country Returns,
Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D
First Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns (2010)
Latest Appearance Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (2013)
Voice Actor/Actress none

Krazy Kalimba is a leading member of the Tiki Tak Tribe, who appears in the Jungle world of the Donkey Kong Island in the games Donkey Kong Country Returns and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. It hypnotizes and possesses Mugly, the first boss in both games.


In the opening cutscene of both games, after the volcano in the Donkey Kong Island erupts, and the Tiki Tong Tower emerges, many tikis are released, including Krazy Kalimba. The tiki sees an elephant and hypnotizes the animal, and many others, to steal all bananas in the island. After realizing his banana hoard is missing, Diddy Kong goes after the hypnotized animals. Later, as soon Donkey Kong leaves his treehouse, he also realizes the banana theft, but Krazy Kalimba sudden arrives and tries to hypnotize Donkey Kong to do its bidding, only to discover that he was somehow immune to the hypnosis. Kalimba tries to hypnotize Donkey Kong again, but he is still is still unaffected. Donkey Kong then beats up the tiki before sending it flying out of his treehouse.

Krazy Kalimba later appears in the boss level, Mugly's Mound, where it hypnotizes and possesses Mugly to attack Donkey and Diddy Kong. The boss battle against Mugly involves that Kongs jumping on the creature's back three times per phase. If done successfully, the creature will become enraged and go into its second phase, making it look orange instead of yellow. In the third phase, he turns red. Mugly is eventually defeated after receiving a total of nine hits, and he will pass out. Krazy Kalimba will leave the creature's body and stay dizzy for a few moments. The player has the option of jumping towards the tiki, beating Krazy Kalimba multiple times and sending it flying yet again. If the player chooses to wait, the Tiki Tak Tribe leader will recover and leave by flying away towards the screen.

Despite its defeat, that is not the end for the tiki, because it can later be seen with all the other Tiki Tak Tribe leaders during the final boss battle, where they help Tiki Tong by turning into hands for it. When the Kongs destroy Tiki Tong's hands and defeat the boss, Krazy Kalimba is also destroyed for good presumably.


Krazy Kalimba is an evil tiki leader who Hypnotizes some of the residents of Donkey Kong Island.

Physical Appearance[]

Krazy Kalimba has blue and red markings on its right to left side of its body. It also has rather sharp looking claws, opposed to the other Tiki leaders. It also has an unknown symbol in the middle of its head, which is three arrows pointing downward. The tiki has what appears to be a headband along with many wooden stakes appearing from the top its forehead, which also have symbols. The headband has a yellow one, along with two smaller red bands. The two ending sticks of its head glow blue and red, which is a neat detail, judging by how bright the paint on its face is. One small detail about Kalimba is that its middle loop on the bottom of its face is smaller than the rest.


Names in Other Languages[]

Language Name Meaning/Translation
European French Kalimbaboule Portmanteau of Kalimba and maboul (crazy)
Spanish Kalimbero Kalimba


  • A kalimba, also known as mbira[1], is an African percussion instrument that is usually described as the thumb piano.
  • In the multiplayer mode of both games, the second player, controlling Diddy Kong, can also beating Krazy Kalimba during the beginning of the Jungle level Jungle Hijinxs.
  • Krazy Kalimba is the only leader of the Tiki Tak Tribe that plays its tune after being defeated.
  • Kalimba's tune is the base for all of the other Tiki Tak Tribe leaders. When one of the other tikis, such as Wacky Pipes or Gong-Oh, play their tune, the player can hear Kalimba's tune in the background, as well as the tiki's respective instrument playing with it.
  • Kalimba is the fourth largest tiki, exceeding a small amount over Gong-Oh. It is beaten by Wacky Pipes, who is the third largest.
  • Kalimba has the longest fingers in both games, exceeding over all the other tikis with clawed hands. Because of its fingers, it beats Xylobone at having the longest limbs in both games, making it the third, just behind Wacky Pipes.
  • Kalimba is one of the leafless tikis, like Gong-Oh and Xylobone. In other words, they do not have leaves on their bodies at all.
  • It is the second most damaged tiki, showing multiple signs of wear on its head, along with water damage around its eye sockets.