Getting it Back: The Story of Cymande
- Tim Mackenzie-Smith
- United Kingdom
- 90 min
The greatest band you’ve ever heard of… It’s time to hear how they defined a generation and inspired the music we danced to.
The British group Cymande are unsung heroes whose message of peace, love and funk sailed beyond Britain’s shores and helped shape music for five decades. Long after they stopped playing, the music played on, so they returned to play some more.
In the racially turbulent UK of the early 70s, a group of Black musicians came together in South London with a common love of rhythms and a message of peace. Cymande – with the dove as their symbol – combined jazz, funk, soul, and Caribbean grooves to form a unique sound. Despite success in the USA they faced indifference in their native Britain, becoming disillusioned, and disbanding.
But the music lived on, as new generations of artists imbibed and reworked their pioneering sounds in fresh ways.
From Soul II Soul to De La Soul, MC Solaar to The Fugees, the Dove had spread Cymande’s message far and wide, prompting their return after forty years.
This is their story.
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