Lovely to see our good friends GROOVE SCOOTER hosting this excellent FILM SCREENING of “Getting It Back – The Story of CYNAMDE” later this year at the GOLDEN AGE CINEMA for the ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONFERENCE (EMC)

Presented by Groovescooter for EMC Festival
• 6.00pm, Fri Nov 25, 2022
• 8.10pm, Fri Nov 25, 2022
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+ DJs in the bar playing Cymande and rare-groove gems till midnight


Fresh from SXSW and it’s London cinema debut, these Australian Premieres are the only chance to see this new film locally. Some call CYMANDE “the greatest band you’ve never heard of.” But even if you’re not one of the band’s legion of rare-groove collector fans around the globe, you’ve no doubt heard their signature tunes DOVE, BRA and THE MESSAGE a thousand times via samples in some of your favourite hip hop tunes. Cymande’s message-music is utterly unique, magical and irresistible. Formed in the early 70s, the group of BLACK CARIBBEAN musicians who first came together in South London, shared a common love of rhythm and a message of peace. Cymande – with the dove as their symbol – combined JAZZ, FUNK, SOUL, AFRO-TROPICAL and CALYPSO grooves to form a sound unlike any other; both meditative and danceable. Their fusion of inspirations quite literally changed lives and shaped the development of music worldwide for the next five decades. Endorsed by every subsequent music movement since, and sampled by a who’s-who of hip hop (including THE FUGEES, WU TANG CLAN, DE LA SOUL and QUEEN LATIFAH) Cymande first found success in the USA and so many assumed they were African-American. They were instead the first British group to headline at New York’s famous APOLLO THEATRE, while everyone from AL GREEN and RAMSEY LEWIS to MANDRILL invited them to tour the States in the first few years of the seventies, also scoring them a coveted performance spot on TV’s SOUL TRAIN program. Back in Britain during those racially turbulent times however, they were largely met with indifference. Becoming disillusioned, they disbanded. But the music lives on, and as new generations of artists and producers imbibed or reworked the band’s pioneering sounds in fresh ways, the band were encouraged to return to touring and recording after forty years. For the first time on film, this is their story.

STARRING Cymande, Mark Ronson, Norman Jay MBE, Jazzie B, DJ Maseo of De La Soul, Jim James, Nicky Siano, Louie Vega (Masters At Work), Stones Throw’s Peanut Butter Wolf + many more, this is a story that goes beyond music to look at concepts of adaptation, racism, survival, ageing and revitalisation.

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