Cimafunk is a forward-looking Cuban artist who’s crash landed on our radar with “Me Voy.” “Me Voy” is inspired by Nigerian afropop and pilón, a traditional Afro-Cuban carnival rhythm.
The singer, composer and producer makes music built on a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with funk, blues and reggae—musical styles that he says he wishes to reunite because, as Cimafunk mentions, they all have a shared history of slavery and resistance. It’s apt that his artist name refers to the Cimarrónes, enslaved Africans that escaped and lived as outlaws in Cuba and elsewhere.
Cimafunk is now sharing his latest music video and single for “Me Voy,” a jolting dose of energetic guitar riffs and Afro-Cuban percussion. As the artist and his team explain:
“Me Voy” is “inspired by Nigerian Afropop and Pilón (a traditional Afro Cuban carnival rhythm),” as Cimafunk’s team explains in an e-mail. “It also borrows it’s harmonics to the funk especially for the guitar and the bass. It is a musical claim of blackness. The song spread all around Cuba thanks to its lyrics, full of double meaning which reflects Cuban culture’s essence, to its irresistible rhythm and to the video’s humoristic and unexpected aesthetic.”