With the release of their self-titled debut album in 1972, Cymande emerged as innovators of the black British music scene. Taking influences from their Guyanese and Jamaican roots, the band fused reggae bass lines, Afro-tinged Nyabinghi percussion, psychedelic touches, and American-style funk into a unique sound they’ve since dubbed as “Nyah-rock.” While they were embraced in the US, back home they were largely ignored and soon forgotten by a music business beset by prejudice against homegrown black talent.
Cymande split in 1975 after releasing three albums in quick succession, but their music lived on as successive generations of artists and fans found and embraced their songs. Their far-reaching influence can be heard in the countless samples taken from their music over the last four decades, from pioneering DJs like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, to De La Soul, The Wu-Tang Clan, Gang Starr, EPMD, Sugar Hill Gang, Fatboy Slim, and The Fugees — to name a few. They stand today as one of the most revered and sampled bands in the history of Hip Hop, House, and Dance.
Cymande´s story is being told on big screen for the first time in cinemas around the world with Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande. With this upcoming flurry of activity, Cymande will be on tour in support of the film all during 2024 and Berlin could not be excluded. The band continues to reach new audiences and are being embraced by yet another breed of fan – the generations who weren’t even born when the band originally split up.