“Cimafunk continues his goal of world domination by way of funk and clave.” – NPR
Cimafunk is by far the most exciting new face in Cuba’s music scene. Pushing traditional sounds in a thoroughly contemporary setting, the singer, composer, and producer brings together the rich traditions of Cuba’s musical heritage and boldly mixes it with American funk and African rhythms. The name Cimafunk is drawn from cimarrones, enslaved Africans who escaped slavery to form their own independent communities, but it also captures the essence of his music that subverts conventional sounds with innovative rhythms. Cimafunk was joined by a prestigious group of fellow Cuban musicians to record his debut 2017 album, Terapia, and with it came an explosion of devoted followers excited to dance to the groove of a new musical genre – Afro-Cuban funk. A cultural ambassador conscious of his roots and musical ancestry, Cimafunk’s music looks firmly into the future.
Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Cultural Affairs Committee.
Presented as part of University of Richmond’s Latinx Heritage Celebration.
Pre-Performance Talk moderated by music professor Mike Davison, Sunday, Oct. 17, 6:30-7:00pm.
Cimafunk: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert, watch the band from Havana bring its intoxicating mix of Afro-Cuban dance music and 1970s funk-and-soul to the Tiny Desk.