CIMAFUNK Teams With GEORGE CLINTON
On Special New Collaboration: “FUNK ASPIRIN”
-Arriving This Friday, August 20th
“The mothership has arrived – Yo yo yo – George Dr. Funkenstein Clinton
and Cimafunk in the house, ready to turn this mother out” (song intro)
The “Visionary” Young Cuban Musician, Widely Hailed For His Distinctive Fusion Of Afro-Cuban Rhythms & Straight-Up Classic Funk, Forges A Creative Partnership With His Longtime Idol To Deliver Medicinal Funk To Heal The Soul.
Cimafunk, the Cuban medical-student-turned-Latin-funk-star, joins forces with the godfather of funk, George “Dr. Funkenstein” Clinton, on Funk Aspirin, a track that masterfully blends Clinton’s classic funk with Cimafunk’s AfroCuban flare. The Cuban funk sensation first learned of George Clinton as a teenager in rural Cuba, where he would sneak into his uncle’s car to listen to cassettes of American music his cousin brought back from Havana. “I drained that car battery so many times staying up late and listening to George Clinton’s music,” says Cimafunk. “Years later I finally got access to internet to watch his performances. He quickly became an idol.”
The song and video clip for were recorded at George Clinton’s studio in Tallahassee, where the two artists spent hours discussing the global funk movement, the importance of Cuban music in New York City in the 50s and 60s and the next generation of funk artists. “I’ve long dreamt of meeting George Clinton. Working with him was more than a dream come true. Chilling and talking music and life with him was even more special,” says Cimafunk. “Spending time with the master of the groove was a Funkadelic experience itself. He’s got so much wisdom and flavor.”
“Maaaaaaaaaaaan, I love this AfroCuban Funk! 90 miles ain’t too far to get funkin’!
…When I was coming up, I loved some Tito Puente Coco Seco, La Playa Sextet and all the mambo cha-cha music of the 50s! Cimafunk takes it back there while keeping it in the now.
It’s like what we do, always reinventing the Funk to keep it fresh.” – George Clinton
Funk Aspirin was produced by Cimafunk and multiple Grammy award-winning producer Grammy Award-winning producer Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Goodie Mob, Valerie June, Tank & the Bangas) during the covid19 pandemic. “I was overwhelmed and trying to find vibes and groove and the first thing that came to mind was: ‘what you need is funk so that you can get rid of the stress,’” says Cimafunk. It quickly became his go-to track both to relax after long days of producing and as a fun song to work on when he was feeling burned out. “That funky beat and rhythm keeps you moving, bopping your head to the groove. That’s George Clinton for you, something you move to; feel good about, a pick-you-up when you need one,” says Cimafunk. “I realized this was the therapy I needed. That’s why I called it Funk Aspirin; because the Funk Pill for my soul is natural medicine, and provides instant healing,”
Cimafunk will set off on a tour of the Northeast U.S. on Thursday, Aug 26th at the Blue Note in New York City, followed by 7 additional performances in Westhampton, NY, Greenfield, MA, Hartford, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA
The young Cuban star has been outspoken about protests in Cuba, strongly criticizing the government and siding with peaceful protestors calling for change. “We are with the people. Free the people that marched peacefully,” Cimafunk freestyled in support of detained protestors.
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Cimafunk became a household name in Cuba with his 2018 hit “Me Voy” which led to his designation as “Artist of the Year” by Vistar Magazine and the Lucas Award for most popular video. Part of his debut album “Terapia,” “Me Voy”, “Paciente” and other songs generated a frenzy, creating a movement in Havana and throughout the island, selling out venues with thousands of fans excited to dance to the groove of Afro-Cuban Funk and millennials replicating his style and appearance, one that draws heavily on his African roots and the black showmen of the 20th century.
Cimafunk’s name refers to his heritage as a ‘cimarrón,’ Cubans of African descent who resisted and escaped slavery, as well as to the essence of his music that aims to subvert conventional sounds by innovating with rhythms. By bringing out the best in Cuban rhythms and traditions and infusing sounds and styles from Africa and the U.S., Cimafunk has created something unique and special, not only in terms of music but also with the values he stands for.
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. Fito Paez has referred to him as “the future,” and Rolling Stone described his music as “an electrifying combination of funk and soul, layered over the five-beat clave, or the heartbeat of Cuban music, brought to Cuba by enslaved people from West Africa.”
Just prior to the pandemic, Cimafunk and his band received overwhelming praise for a moving performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. – which NPR recently chose as one of the overall best TDC’s of 2020
Cun Cun Pra, Cimafunk’s recent 5-track EP, features the contagious party song Cun Cun Pra, a funky pop mover and shaker La Papa, featuring Cuban sensation Diana Fuentes, a sensual R&B remix of Parar El Tiempo, featuring up-and-coming Mexican singer Salma, Caliente, a New Orleans meets Havana horn-heavy, hip hop banger featuring Tairona “Tank” Ball and The Soul Rebels, and El Potaje, a passing of the torch tune, where Cimafunk joins living legends Omara Portuondo, Chucho Valdés, Pancho Amat and la Orquesta Aragón to brings out the past, present and future of Cuban music. Cimafunk’s full sophomore album, produced by Jack Splash, is set for release later this year.