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Cimafunk takes it back there while keeping it in the now. It’s what we do, always reinventing the funk to keep it fresh.
World domination by way of the funk and clave.
An electrifying combination of funk and soul, layered over the five-beat clave . . . the heartbeat of Cuban music, brought to Cuba by enslaved people from West Africa.
Cimafunk is an Afro-Cuban rock star. His stage name refers to his heritage as a cimarrón—Cubans of African descent who resisted and escaped slavery—and to the essence of his music, which subverts conventional sounds with rhythmic innovation. In highlighting Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the United States, Cimafunk has created something unique and special, in terms of not only his music but also his values. He is redefining contemporary Cuban music, Afro-Latin identity, and the fusion of Black cultures.
Cimafunk’s monumental second album, El Alimento, was released in October 2021 to overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone ranked it number three in its Best Spanish-Language and Bilingual Albums of 2021 list and number 23 in its 50 Best Albums of 2021 list. El Alimento was also on NPR’s Best Latin Music of 2021 list and topped Le Monde’s list of Latin music favorites.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.