“When we look back on 2019, the history of contemporary music will be marked by the emergence of the visionary Cuban musician … Cimafunk”NPR Alt Latino
Cimafunk is by far the most exciting new faces in the Latin music space. Singer, composer and producer, the young Cuban sensation offers a bold mix of funk with Cuban music and African rhythms, which is currently revolutionizing the island’s music scene.
Cimafunk is a cimarrón*, a free being defying classification, a pilgrim in search of new musical miscegenation and the reunion of black music. By bringing out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S., Cimafunk is redefining contemporary Cuban music as well as Afro-Latin identity and the fusion of black cultures. Cimafunk has made a name for himself as one of today’s great showman, performing an electric live show with his 9-person band from Havana.
“Cimafunk takes it back there while keeping it in the now. It’s what we do, always reinventing the Funk to keep it fresh.”George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic)
Cimafunk’s monumental second album El Alimento was released in October 2021, receiving overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone ranked it #3 of the Best Spanish-Language and Bilingual Albums of 2021 and #23 of the 50 Best Albums of 2021. El Alimento was also among NPR’s Best Latin Music of 2021 and #1 of Le Monde’s Latin Music favorites. Singles also made their way through 2021 lists: Rómpelo ft. Lupe Fiasco was among NPR Alt.Latino’s best singles of 2021 and Funk Aspirin ft. George Clinton in Remezcla’s 10 Best Indie Pop, Rock, & Chill Songs of 2021.
“Cimafunk, with his four-inch-tall flattop hair, Bruno Mars-esque swagger, and leopard print, Hawaiian shirt open and flapping in the breeze, was the center of attention. The enthralled crowd danced into the morning with their arms in the air.”NY Times
His debut album «Terapia» (2017) and especially his electric live shows have conquered a multitude of audiences from Havana and New York to Madrid and Paris. His single “Me Voy” is a major hit in Cuba and its refrain, which is on everyone’s mouth, is now part of the pop culture.
“[…] the crowd’s enthusiastic roar nearly overwhelmed the sound system”Rolling Stone
Named by Billboard as a “Top 10 Latin Artist to watch,” Cimafunk stole the show at the 2019 South by Southwest Music Festival and has toured aggressively in the U.S. and Europe. Just prior to the pandemic, Cimafunk and his band received overwhelming praise for a moving performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series.
He also engaged to create collaborations across generations with Cuban music Icons such as Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés, Juana Bacallao, Los Papines, La Orquesta Aragón, and in building bridges across segments of black music: celebrating New Orleans with Trombone Shorty, Tank & The Bangas and The Soul Rebels, and coming across creative misgeneation with George Clinton, Ceelo Green, Lupe Fiasco, Chocquibtown or Stylo G.
* Fugitive slaves who settled in the wild to lead a free life in Cuba.
“Cimafunk’s magic is at its peak when he’s singing live”The New Yorker