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Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande Limited Edition BFI Blu-Ray [NEW]

Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande Limited Edition BFI Blu-Ray [NEW]

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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 United States, they faced indifference in their native Britain, becoming disillusioned and disbanding in 1975.

But the music lived on, as new generations of artists imbibed and reworked their pioneering sounds in fresh ways. From Soul ll 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.


Presented in High Definition
A selection of extended clips chosen by director Tim MacKenzie-Smith (2022, 13 mins total): The genesis of Bra, Cut Chemist listens to Cymande, DJ Hollywood Bra rap, Jazzy Jay Cymande mix, Ruthless Rap Assassins (extended feature)
Deleted scene: Cymande school days (2022, c3mins)
Steve Scipio and Patrick Patterson Q&A (2023): two members of Cymande are interviewed by journalist Jason Solomons
Black Music Party – rare footage of Cymande performing in the 1970s
UK Trailer
**FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet featuring new writing on the film and full credits
All extras are TBC and subject to change

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