Born in Mexico City, 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), 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!
and the telenovela "Rotation of the Americas".
Criminal complaint and dismissal
In January 2011 an arrest warrant was issued for Kalimba 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. Kalimba was arrested on January 20, 2011 on immigration charges in El Paso, Texas and turned in to PGR back in Mexico. He was released on January 27, 2011 due to lack of evidence.