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BD&P World Stage

The Soul Rebels & Cimafunk

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In an electric double bill, Arts Commons Presents combines Afro-Cuban funk and New Orleans jazz in the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Get ready for a wild, loud, non-stop party!

Brassy and bold, The Soul Rebels flip jazz and soul on its head with driving rhythms, undeniable groove, and an eight-piece brass band. Their famous fans and collaborators include some biggest names in the business – Metallica, Katy Perry, Green Day, Nas, Big Freedia and Queen Latifah – and you have to check out their take on Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This! 

Known for his “swirling melange of rumba and sticky bass lines” (Rolling Stone) and “wildly danceable collection of songs” (NPR) Cimafunk brings the funk to Cuban rhythms, playfully blending both to create his own signature sound. His staccato, Afro pop vocals add yet another dose of rhythm to his layered groove, sweeping you along from one melodic idea to the next. Together with the brassy energy of The Soul Rebels, this evening will be a night of high energy fun!

“I want to make hip-hop, I want to make rock, I want to make some freaky hits. And the main thing I’m going to keep doing is bringing that Afro-Cuban essence to everything. I want everything to have that tika-tika-tah.” – Cimafunk 


Cimafunk’s incandescent sophomore album, El Alimento, unfolds as a series of intersections between Afro-Cuban musical tradition and stateside masters of funk, hip-hop and rock & roll.” – Rolling Stone