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You Need to Hear This Afro-Cuban Funk Jam From Cimafunk

"Me Voy" is inspired by Nigerian afropop and pilón, a traditional Afro-Cuban carnival rhythm.

Cimafunk is a forward-looking Cuban artist who's crash landed on our radar with "Me Voy."

The singer, composer and producer makes music built on a fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms with funk, blues and reggae—musical styles that he says he wishes to reunite because, as Cimafunk mentions, they all have a shared history of slavery and resistance. It's apt that his artist name refers to the Cimarrón people from Panama, enslaved Africans that escaped and lived as outlaws.

Cimafunk is now sharing his latest music video and single for "Me Voy," a jolting dose of energetic guitar riffs and Afro-Cuban percussion. As the artist and his team explain:


"Me Voy" is "inspired by Nigerian Afropop and Pilón (a traditional Afro Cuban carnival rhythm)," as Cimafunk's team explains in an e-mail. "It also borrows it's harmonics to the funk especially for the guitar and the bass. It is a musical claim of blackness. The song spread all around Cuba thanks to its lyrics, full of double meaning which reflects Cuban culture's essence, to its irresistible rhythm and to the video's humoristic and unexpected aesthetic."

Get into "Me Voy" below.

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Photo: Ikenna Nwagboso.

Interview: E Kelly Tells It All In His New EP

We sit down with the Nigerian producer to speak about his new No Secrets EP and get some insight on his relationship with Mr Eazi, from trying to buy a phone from him to creating "Leg Over" and many other hits together.

Emmanuel Kelechi Nwosu, better known as just E Kelly, is a Nigerian record producer, songwriter, and A&R. It's highly likely than not that you've vibed to one of his songs. With twenty years as a producer and ten years active in the Nigerian music industry behind his belt, his contribution to Nigerian music and afrobeats as a whole is unquestionable.

E Kelly is the brain behind hits like "Omo Alhaji" by Ycee and the international smash "Leg Over" by Mr Eazi. He has a signature sound that has made him one of the most sought after afrobeats producers in the world over the years. Patoranking, Khuli Chana, Vanessa Mdee, Tekno, Wizkid, Naeto C, Ajebutter22, BOJ, Joeboy, and Major Lazer, are just a few of the names who have gone to E Kelly for a dose of his magic.

After a long and impressive run of producing afrobeats' best and brightest talents, E Kelly has finally come to terms with the idea that it's time to make some magic of his own. He's now presenting his debut project, a 5-track EP titled No Secrets.

No Secrets is an expression of vulnerability from E Kelly which sees him emerge from behind the scenes to present a carefully-curated set of songs from the producer's repertoire of unreleased music. From the featured acts, to the songwriting, to the production, everything about the project was selected and crafted under E Kelly's attentive watch.

All of his years in the industry have granted him the knowledge and experience of, not just how to make hits, but also how to make hitmakers. Because of that, he's the lead A&R for Mr Eazi's record label and distribution company emPawa Africa, where he's in charge of the artist development and creative direction of the label's artists.

E Kelly is afrobeats royalty, and we're excited to finally get a project of his own. Here, he speaks to OkayAfrica about the EP and we get an in-depth look into what No Secrets is about, how it was made, and some insight on his partnership and relationship with Nigerian singer Mr Eazi.

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