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Blog October 8 2021 #11

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Blog October 8 2021 #11

Cimafunk’s Quest to Create One Nación Under a Groove*

The Cuban musician’s new album, “El Alimento,” is a fresh take on funk that blends Afro-Cuban and African American rhythms using a cast of international collaborators.

A few months ago in a Tallahassee, Fla., recording studio,

the Cuban vocalist and composer Cimafunk was engaged in a climactic meeting of the minds with the Parliament-Funkadelic leader George Clinton when they stumbled on a fascinating connection between African American and Afro-Cuban music.
Cimafunk, born Erik Iglesias Rodríguez, was scatting out the 1950s smash “Los Marcianos,” which instantly delighted Clinton, who had loved the melody of the song so much that he recorded an anthemic cover of it called “Groovealliegiance” for Funkadelic’s 1978 classic “One Nation Under a Groove.” But Clinton, who had created an Afrofuturist cottage industry with his band’s elaborate costuming and stage props, had no idea that the song was about Martians landing in Havana to dance cha cha cha.

My 2 cents opinion:
The fusion of cultures has been happening for decades. The Caribbean and the United States have been mixing musical styles since the end of World War I. La fusion de culturas y estilos musicales ha estado ocurriendo desde el final de la Primera Guerra Mundial. El Caribe y los Estados Unidos se han beneficiado del intercambio.

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