JTV WARNING: You are going to be moving your body, and your spirit will be loving you for investing in the experience known as the Joshua Tree Music Festival. Particularly when you receive the Cuban Afro Funk infusion of Cimafunk.
In fact, any contact with Cimafunk and Erik Iglesias Rodriguez – the charismatic, legitimately cool, humble, creative force behind the band taking Europe and the US by storm – is guaranteed to leave you in a better place. A much better place.
Cimafunk offers a musical tribute to his Cuban, African, Jamaican and American Funk influences, and best describes this innovative blend as “groove music”. Following his recent successful tours of Europe and the U.S., he acknowledges, “I was scared! We were touring and scheduled to play at The Blue Note in New York. Me, playing Funk at the House of Funk? What I learned, is that when you get into the groove, everybody is the same.”
“The audience is an injection of energy,” he shares. “I tell The Tribe (the name he gives his band) that our best shows are when we are the same as the crowd, when we are not performing for the crowd, when we are a part of the crowd.”
Cimafunk has done well for a young man who dropped out of medical school in his second year after hearing the King of Miami-Cuban music, Ray Fernandez, perform. Even though he came from a predominantly medical family, Cimafunk has plenty of artistry and music in his roots that provide solid support and honest input. “We’re not music professionals, but everyone sings and dances on Sundays at my grandmother’s house. Watching my uncle dance with my mom is a family celebration. And my father is very quick to give me tips on my shirts and the dance moves in my videos.”