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He’s got the funk

There’s not much I love more than watching an artist break through the barriers that confine too many amazing global artists within the ghetto of ‘world music,’ especially when they don’t lose sight of the traditions that birthed them. And if there’s one artist posed to do just that, it’s Cimafunk. His grooves mine the fruitful space between genres – taking in everything from trova to funk – but, “you must never forget where you come from,” the medical-student-turned-king-of-Cubancool says. On p20, our cover star tells us about the music of his roots and how he’s ended up working with legends like Chucho Valdés and George Clinton. He might have been slowed by the pandemic but with a recent hit set at Glastonbury under his belt and upcoming shows in London and at WOMAD UK, his meteoric rise is back on schedule.




Cimafunk is just one of the many incredible artists set to light up the fields at Charlton Park this July for the special 40th edition of WOMAD. This issue we also catch up with British-Bengali fusion project Khiyo (who tell us about their new album on p38) and Congolese ‘garbage music’ collective Fulu Miziki (p81), both of whom are set to perform that weekend. To celebrate the anniversary we have asked musicians and friends of the festival to share their favourite WOMAD moments from over the years (p24). And if you’re lucky enough to join the par live, be sure to stop by the Songlines stand and share your favourite WOMAD memories.

Celebrating another anniversary this issue, David Katz traces the music that built Jamaica as the country marks 60 years of independence this August – turn to p40 for a feast of the island’s summery sounds. And for those readers in the mood for something darker, take a subterranean trip into the netherworld of Poland’s pagan folk music on p34.

Cimafunk’s grooves mine the fruitful space between genres

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Jane Cornwell Jane is a Songlines contributing editor, a writer on music, arts and travel and a compere at festivals including WOMAD. This issue she catches up with our cool cover star Cimafunk (p20)

David Katz David is an author of several books and produced documentaries for PRI on the music and culture of the Caribbean and Brazil. This issue, he explores 60 years of Jamaica’s musical innovation (p40).

Jenna Mackle Jenna is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist and Colombian music specialist. Originally from Ireland, she now resides in Bogotá, Colombia. She travels to Tumaco for the Festival de la Marimba (p74).

Songlines was launched in 1999 and is the definitive magazine for world music – music that has its roots in all parts of the globe, from Mali to Mexico, India to Iraq. Whether this music is defined as traditional, contemporary, folk or fusion, Songlines is the only magazine to truly represent and embrace it. However, Songlines is not just about music, but about how the music fits into the landscape; it’s about politics, history and identi . Delivered in both print and digital formats, Songlines, through its extensive articles and reviews, is your essential and independent guide to a world of music and culture, whether you are starting on your journey of discovery or are already a seasoned fan.