Getting it Back: The Story of Cymande

Saturday, August 03, 2024
4pm
2024
93 minutes 
Documentary, Biopic / biography, Music
Not Rated 
English, Not Subtitled
 
The greatest band you’ve never heard of, Cymande, are the unsung heroes of hip hop and a host of other genres, 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…
 
DIRECTED BY:
Tim MacKenzie-Smith
 
FEATURING:
Patrick Patterson, Steve Scipio, Sam Kelly, Pablo Gonsales, Derrick Gibbs, Mike Rose
 
SYNOPSIS:
Cymande, a group of Black British musicians who all came to the U.K. from the Caribbean as children, released three brilliant albums in quick succession in the early 1970s and were embraced in the USA. But in the U.K., they faced a music business beset by prejudice against homegrown Black talent and were largely ignored. They originally split in 1975, but their music lived on, as successive generations of artists and fans found and embraced their songs. Hip Hop, House, Drum and Bass, R&B, Rare Groove, and crate-digging communities all saw something in the songs of Cymande that inspired them.
 
Through insightful interviews with band members and influential figures including Mark Ronson, Laura Lee and Mark Speer (Khruangbin), DJ Maseo (De La Soul), Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), Cut Chemist, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Louie Vega, and Kool DJ Red Alert, this stranger than fiction documentary explores the band’s profound impact and enduring legacy.
 
Cymande continues to strengthen their legacy and impact, with new music due out later this year, as well as a world tour in support of the film.
 
This documentary is an education and a good-news story about the remarkable 70s British funk band Cymande (the word is a calypso term for “dove”) who should be as big as Earth Wind & Fire, but aren’t. Or at least not yet.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
 
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