Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande

Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande

Tim MacKenzie-Smith
2022/ United Kingdom/ 89 min.

They’re the greatest band you’ve never heard of…

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. 

This is the tale of how some friends from Brixton – originally from former English colonies – developed a sophisticated funk-rock sound with African roots. The sound was completely distinct and gave birth to drum breaks and bass lines that spread and influenced the disco, hip-hop, and house music scenes.

Now their story is told on screen for for the first time, with tributes from a galaxy of musicians and producers influenced and enthralled by their music, including Mark Ronson, Kool DJ Red Alert, DJ Maseo, Jim James and Louie Vega.



Thursday, 20 April 2023 | 20:45
Melkweg Cinema
English/ English subtitles