A report by Felix Contreras for NPR.
One of the most significant things I learned in speaking with the musician Cimafunk at NPR Music’s 15th anniversary celebration was about his recognition of and allegiance to his Afro-Cuban culture. During our conversation, he explains the origins of his stage name and how it reflects the history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
We also discuss how two strands of the African diaspora are joined every time he takes the stage. After listening to this conversation, I hope you’ll understand more about what makes his music so exhilarating.