Sure to be one of the standout creative and uplifting albums of the fall, Cimafunk has just released his highly anticipated second album, El Alimento ('The Nourishment'),
"I'm really excited about El Alimento. I think it marks a before and after moment in terms of my sound and the whole Cimafunk concept. It's an experiment; one that's very organic. My brother Jack Splash and I let the music go where it wanted to go, and we followed. The collaborations on the album came about naturally through friendships, admiration and real synergy. We set things off with the godfather of funk George Clinton on Funk Aspirin, and now everyone gets to hear the complete album " - CIMAFUNK
The 13-track album is produced by Grammy Award-winner Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Solange, Jazmine Sullivan, Goodie Mob, Valerie June, Tank & the Bangas), who calls the result of El Alimento "fearless," stressing that the approach he and Cimafunk took to the music "breaks down lots of musical boundaries."
"It's been very special to work with Cimafunk, who loves, represents and mixes ALL of the different vibes of the African diaspora into his music. Cimafunk and I are both deeply dedicated to the funk, but we both also really love Afrobeat, classic soul, hip hop, dancehall and of course all of the amazing different styles of traditional Cuban music. Our main goal when starting this project was to mix EVERYTHING we loved together. No rules, no boundaries…just lots of love, funk and fun. The album is our unique love letter to both Cuba AND all of the musical masters (like James Brown, Fela, Irakere, Sly Stone & so many more) that came before us."- Jack Splash
The sonically dynamic collection masterfully blends Afro-Cuban sounds and rhythms with global funk, hip hop and soul"resulting in a progressive, head-bopping celebration of black music's power to eclipse borders and cross-pollinate across cultures and language. Written and recorded over the last year, the album served as an alimento for the soul, a motivation to persevere through the pandemic, as Cimafunk spent countless hours studying decades of musical influences to help understand who he is musically and culturally, and thus, where he wanted this album to take him.
As innovative funk forefather George Clinton (Parliament-Funkadelic), who sings alongside Cimafunk on the opening track "Funk Aspirin," says: "Cimafunk takes it back there while keeping it in the now. It's what we do, always reinventing the Funk to keep it fresh."
Along with Clinton, El Alimento also includes collaborations with US hip hop stars Lupe Fiasco and CeeLo Green; Jamaican dancehall singer Stylo G and Afro-Colombian hip hop group ChocQuibTown; as well as Cuban musicians Chucho Valdés, an AfroCuban jazz icon and '70s funk pioneer, Los Papines, a Cuban Rumba group whose career spans six decades, and Afro-Cuban rapper and Reggaetonero El Micha.
"I'm really humbled to have so many pioneers and legends on my album, and such a strong representation of black culture in the lyrics and sounds," adds Cimafunk. "I came up listening to them, studying their music, and now I'm grooving with them on El Alimento."