Cymande

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Formed 1971 in London, England featuring musicians from Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent. The name Cymande is based on a calypso word for dove, symbolising peace and love. They play a style of music that they call Nyah-Rock: a mixture of funk, soul, reggae and African rhythms. The band achieved their greatest initial success in America and were actively recording and performing until 1975.

Following the appreciation and support of their music by Hip-Hop luminaries such as Kool Herc, DJ Jazzy Jay and Grandmaster Flash, their music has been used since the 1980s in loops and samples by some of the genre's leading artists. It has also been featured in films.

Cymande reformed and have been playing live since around 2010.
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Albums

Cymande - Cymande album art Cymande Cymande (Album, Comp) Janus Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Cymande - Second Time Round album art Cymande Second Time Round (Album) Janus Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Cymande - Promised Heights album art Cymande Promised Heights (Album) Janus Records US 1974 Sell This Version
Cymande - Arrival album art Cymande Arrival (Album) Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records US 1981 Sell This Version
Cymande - A Simple Act Of Faith album art Cymande A Simple Act Of Faith (Album) Cherry Red UK 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Cymande - Bra / The Message album art Cymande Bra / The Message (Single) Paul Winley Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Cymande - The Message album art Cymande The Message (Single) Janus Records US 1972 Sell This Version
Cymande - Fug album art Cymande Fug Janus Records US 1973 Sell This Version
BE 24.018-H Cymande - The Message / Ras Tafarian Folk Song album art Cymande The Message / Ras Tafarian Folk Song(7", Single) Blue Elephant BE 24.018-H Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
Cymande - Bra / Ras Tafarian Folk Song album art Cymande Bra / Ras Tafarian Folk Song (Single) Janus Records UK 1973 Sell This Version
BE 24.529-H Cymande - Bra / One More album art Cymande Bra / One More(7", Single) Blue Elephant BE 24.529-H Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
CS.2019 Cymande - Brothers On The Slide / Pon Der Dungle album art Cymande Brothers On The Slide / Pon Der Dungle(7", Single) Contempo CS.2019 UK 1974 Sell This Version
Cymande - Friends / One More album art Cymande Friends / One More Alaska UK 1976 Sell This Version
Cymande - Vicious Rap / Bra album art Tanya - Sweet Tee - Winley* / Cymande Tanya - Sweet Tee - Winley* / Cymande - Vicious Rap / Bra Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records US 1980 Sell This Version
12 x 33 - 7B, 12x-45-1B Cymande - Back Up Push Baby / Bra album art Ann Winley, Harlem Underground Band / Cymande Ann Winley, Harlem Underground Band / Cymande - Back Up Push Baby / Bra(12") Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records 12 x 33 - 7B, 12x-45-1B US 1980 Sell This Version
611, 12x45-1 Cymande - I Believe In The Wheel Of Fortune / Bra album art Tanya* - Paulette Winley / Cymande Tanya* - Paulette Winley / Cymande - I Believe In The Wheel Of Fortune / Bra(12") Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records 611, 12x45-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
NEET 1008 Cymande - The Message / Brothers On The Slide / Dove / Bra album art Cymande The Message / Brothers On The Slide / Dove / Bra(12") Sequel Records NEET 1008 UK 1999 Sell This Version
Cymande - Renegades Of Funk EP album art Cymande Renegades Of Funk EP (EP) Smash Hit Music Co US 2005 Sell This Version
MRB7144 Cymande - Fug / Brothers On The Slide album art Cymande Fug / Brothers On The Slide(7", RE) Mr Bongo MRB7144 UK 2018 Sell This Version
Cymande - Who Is He And What Is He To You / Bra album art Creative Source / Cymande Creative Source / Cymande - Who Is He And What Is He To You / Bra (Comp) Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records US Unknown Sell This Version
Cymande - Bra / Apache album art Cymande / Arawak All Stars Cymande / Arawak All Stars - Bra / Apache Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records US Unknown Sell This Version
Cymande - Smokin' Cheeba-Cheeba / Bra album art Harlem Underground Band / Cymande Harlem Underground Band / Cymande - Smokin' Cheeba-Cheeba / Bra Paul Winley Records US Unknown Sell This Version
TUF 12002 Cymande - The Message album art Cymande The Message(12") TUF Records TUF 12002 UK Unknown Sell This Version
COL 3930 Cymande - Anthracite / Zion I album art Cymande Anthracite / Zion I(7", RE) Collectables COL 3930 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

Cymande - The Best Of album art Cymande The Best Of (Comp) Collectables US 1991 Sell This Version

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onpurpose

onpurpose

October 25, 2014
The exact english pronounciation of the name of the band : Sea-man-day
When I listened their first album for the first time, just 1 month ago, it was really a slap in the head. What an album !!! And now I learn that they have just reformed the original band line-up, doing lives again, and releasing a new album. I definitely stay in thune.
North_London_Fiya

North_London_Fiya

July 15, 2014
Heard a few tracks from the new album and sounding really tight so far. Looking forward to the reunion shows and new album :)
space-funk

space-funk

April 26, 2014
Cymande have reformed and are playing their first London show with the full original line up in Sept 2014 at London's Koko.
More info available here - http://agmp.ticketabc.com/events/cymande/
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

September 1, 2007
edited over 11 years ago
If you're into the hot compilations such as 'Super Disco Brake' and the like, you probably hear of Cymande's classics "Dove" and "Bra".
Cymande name was created due to one of Calypso's main characters called Dove. With South American origins, it's a testament for 'Peace and Love', and their music, formerly baptised as 'Nyah-Rock', is a fantastic blend of wonderful rhythms, from Jazz to Soul, Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Caribbean music and specially Calypso.
The atmosphere is very deep, intense, and at the same time rhythmic, funky, soulful, with Caribbean and South American Music flavors.
Based in London on the very early seventies, Cymande was composed by the bassist Steve Scipio, Joey Dee & Ray King on the vocals & percussion, Derek Gibbs on the Alto/Soprano, Pablo Gonsales on the Congas, Peter Serreo (Tenor), the wonderful guitarrist Patrick Patterson, multi instrumentalist Mike Rose (Alto/Bongos/Flute), and Sam Kelly on the drums.

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