credit: Sarah Lancaster
Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande
This film’s Online Screening is available Worldwide. It does NOT require an RSVP. All badgeholders and online passholders can watch this film starting at 9am CT on Sunday, March 13, 2022 through 9am CT on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, here on this page or on the SXSW TV app.
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 USA they faced indifference in their native Britain, becoming disillusioned and disbanding. But the music lived on, as new generations of artists imbibed and reworked their pioneering sounds in fresh ways. From Soul II 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.
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John Battsek, Daniel Gordon
Tim Mackenzie-Smith, Matt Wyllie
Cymande, Jim James, Mark Ronson, DJ Maseo, Khruangbin, Cut Chemist, Kool DJ Red Alert, Jazzie B, Masta Ace, Louie Vega
Gary Welch: Music Supervisor, Beatrice Read: Archive Producer
Film Festival Wristband
Biography, Documentary, Music
France, United Kingdom, United States