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Latin Music Sensation CimaFunk Performs in Southwest Atlanta on April 13

On the heels of a critically acclaimed American debut at South by Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Festival and Fulton County Arts and Culture will host a concert featuring Afro-cuban musician Cimafunk at the Southwest Arts Center on Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm.

Dubbed the “James Brown of Cuba”, Cimafunk is a multi-talented singer and producer who has taken over Cuba’s alternative music scene. The medical student turned musician rocketed to prominence following the release of his viral debut album, “Terapia” in late 2017. His infectious fusion of funk, dance-centric Afro-cuban music and fun authentic lyrics direct from the Cuban streets turned the country upside down in 2018.

Recently named by Billboard as one of “10 Latin Artists to Watch in 2019,” Cimafunk revitalized Havana’s music scene while infusing funk into Cuban rhythms. He draws inspiration from an eclectic panel of black musicians from James Brown, George Clinton, Prince and the soul music of Al Green and Bill Withers. He also pays homage to the Cuban music movement known as of Nueva Trova, popularized by singer Beny Moré as well as Cuba’s Songo music created by the band Los Van Van.

Winner of the Lucas Award for “Most Popular Video” and named “Artist of the Year” by Vistar Magazine, Cimafunk has created a movement in Havana and throughout Cuba with sold out concert halls.

Poised for international discovery, Cimafunk believes in nothing but the power of the Groove and the cathartic communion of dancing bodies. A renaissance man, conscious of his roots and musical ancestry, Cimafunk looks to firmly inject a new century of style into Cuban and black music.

The concert is presented in partnership with Cuba Educational Travel as a part of a cultural exchange program. The visit aims at building and strengthening networks and communities involved in US/Cuba cultural exchange. Tickets for the concert are on sale now and are available at Eventbrite.

For more information on Cimafunk, visit his website at cimafunk.com. To listen to Cimafunk’s newest single “Me Voy”, click here.

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About The Atlanta Jazz Festival

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is regarded as one of the country’s largest free jazz festivals and invites music lovers from around the region to be immersed in jazz music culture. Mayor Maynard Jackson founded the original jazz festival to promote the art form that originated in the south.

The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual musical showcase that celebrates jazz legends and features up-and-coming jazz performers in venues throughout metropolitan Atlanta, culminating on Memorial Day weekend with performances at Piedmont Park.

For more information, follow Atlanta Jazz Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Department of Arts

The Fulton County Arts Council and the Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture serves as Fulton County’s funding agency to support cultural programs and the agency which provides services to Fulton County based nonprofit arts organizations and Fulton County residents. 

The organization believes the arts are essential to the quality of life of our citizens and to the economic and social health of our communities.  The mission of the Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture is to insure all citizens’ access to the arts.  

For more than 30 year, the Fulton County Arts & Culture has vigorously pursued quality arts programming through support and development of artists, arts organizations, arts institutions and cultural programming for residents.

For more information, visit the Fulton County Arts Council at
http://www.fultonarts.org/