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Kalimba de Luna

"Kalimba de Luna"
Single by Tony Esposito
from the album Il grande esploratore
Released May 1984
Format 7" Single, 12" Single
Genre Pop, italo disco, world music
Length 3:50 (7" mix)
5:13 (12" mix)
Writer(s) Tony Esposito, Mauro Malavasi, Remo Licastro, Giuseppe Amoruso, Gianluigi di Franco
Producer Mauro Malavasi, Willy David
"Kalimba de Luna"
Kalimba de Luna - 16 Happy Songs
Released July 1984[1]
Format 7" Single, 12" Single
Genre Pop, europop, world music
Length 4:31 (7" mix)
7:07 (12" mix)
9:15 (Remix)
Producer Frank Farian
Boney M. singles chronology

"Somewhere in the World"
"Kalimba de Luna"
"Happy Song"

"Kalimba de Luna" is a 1984 single by Italian musician Tony Esposito, taken from his album Il grande esploratore. The single reached #6 in the Swiss charts and #14 in the Italian charts. A cover was produced by Jacques Fred Petrus for the band Macho the same year.

Boney M. version

Kalimba de Luna was instantly covered by pop group Boney M. for the German market, giving the group their first Top 20 hit in three years, peaking at #17. An edit of the single was also added to new pressings of the group's then-current album Ten Thousand Lightyears and the compilation album Kalimba de Luna - 16 Happy Songs. With lead vocals by new group member Reggie Tsiboe, the original idea was to release it as a solo single, and a video was shot with Reggie only before the plans were changed to release it as a Boney M. single, and a new video with the group was done. Neither Liz Mitchell nor Marcia Barrett sang on this recording - the backing vocals were done by producer Frank Farian and session singers Amy & Elaine Goff.


Chart (1984) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 11
Belgium Singles Chart[3] 15
France (SNEP)[4] 6
German Singles Chart[5] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 20
Swiss Singles Chart[7] 23
US Dance Club Play[8] 49


7" Single

  • "Kalimba de Luna" - 4:31 / "10.000 Lightyears" (Kawohl, Björklund, Farian, Bischof) - 4:29 (Hansa 106 760-100, Germany)

12" Single

  • "Kalimba de Luna" (Club Mix) 7:07 / "10.000 Lightyears" - 4:29 (Hansa 601 470-213, Germany)
  • "Kalimba de Luna" (US Club Mix) 9:15 / "Kalimba de Luna" (Dub Mix) - 6:40 (Hansa 601 532-213, Germany)

Note : This single is the first which does not have the name "Boney M." written with the logo created eight years before for the "Daddy cool" single (the only previous exception being the "Baby do you wanna bump" single, which went out before the group even existed)

Dalida version

French singer Dalida also released a french and english version of Kalimba De Luna in 1984 as a single and also as part of her album Dali. A remix of Dalida's version has been released during the summer of 2011 in France.


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