Afro-Cuban funk phenom Cimafunk will close world tour in Tampa this fall

His March set at Gasparilla Music Festival was life changing.

click to enlarge Cimafunk - Photo by Daryl Bowen c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
Photo by Daryl Bowen c/o Gasparilla Music Festival
In April,  Afro-Cuban funk and soul superstar in the making Cimafunk announced a slew of U.S. dates that regretfully skipped Tampa Bay for a May 7 date in Orlando. Well that's changed now that the 33-year-old born Erick Iglesias Rodriguez announced a fall date at the Cuban Club in Ybor City.

Tickets to see Cimafunk play the Cuban Club in Ybor City on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. go on sale Friday, May 20 for $25-$100, with proceeds benefiting Gasparilla Music Festival's (GMF) Recycled Tunes program and Bay area community radio station WMNF 88.5-FM.
In March, WMNF live streamed Cimafunk making his Tampa debut at GMF during what was one of the best sets in festival history. It was some true life-changing James Brown-level shit and a grand introduction from the former medical student from Pinar del Rio, two hours west of Havana.

The outdoor, rain-or-shine show is the the last date on a global tour supporting El Alimento, Cimafunk's 2021 album lauded by critics who say Rodriguez is on a path to world domination.

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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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