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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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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Simi, Stonebwoy, Riky Rick, Olamide, Wizkid, La Même Gang and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Cyclone Kenneth Could Be the Second Damaging Storm To Hit Mozambique In Over a Month

Tanzanian authorities have also warned those living along the southern coast to move to safer ground ahead of the storm.

Just shortly after Mozambique was ravaged with the devastating Cyclone Idai in March, the country has been warned of another destructive storm that's heading their way very soon.

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Stonebwoy & Beenie Man's 'Shuga' Is a Full Dose of Energy

Ghana meets Jamaica in this impressive new collaboration.

Stonebwoy, one of Ghana's major dancehall names, links up with Jamaican legend Beenie Man for this new single, "Shuga."

"Shuga" is built on stuttering synth hits and beat work produced by Ghana's StreetBeatz. Stonebwoy and the "King of Dancehall" connect over the energetic rhythm, each delivering their own verses—add one more track to the many stellar cross-Atlantic musical collaborations that have been going on for years, in particular between West Africa and Jamaica.

"This collab is legendary," Stonebwoy wrote on his social media pages.

The single comes paired with a new music video directed by BlingBlang which follows the Ghanaian star and Beenie Man to a railroad station as they turn a train car into a dancehall party. Beenie Man even plays the conductor for a few shots.

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