"Kalimba de Luna" is a 1984 single by Italian musician Tony Esposito, taken from his album Il grande esploratore. The single reached no. 6 in the Swiss charts and no. 14 in the Italian charts. A cover was produced by Jacques Fred Petrus for the band Macho the same year.
"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 no. 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.
"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)
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 was released during the summer of 2011 in France.