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

7098-3044H Cymande — Cymande Cymande Cymande (Album, Comp) Janus Records, Janus Records 7098-3044H US 1972 Sell This Version
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JLS 3054 Second Time Round — Cymande Cymande Second Time Round (Album) Janus Records JLS 3054 1973 Sell This Version
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JXS 7004 Promised Heights — Cymande Cymande Promised Heights (Album) Janus Records JXS 7004 US 1974 Sell This Version
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LP 141, L.P. 141, PWLP 141 Arrival — Cymande Cymande Arrival (Album) Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records LP 141, L.P. 141, PWLP 141 US 1981 Sell This Version
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CDBRED668 A Simple Act Of Faith — Cymande Cymande A Simple Act Of Faith (Album) Cherry Red CDBRED668 UK 2015 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

J-203 The Message — Cymande Cymande The Message (Single) Janus Records J-203 US 1972 Sell This Version
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none Bra / The Message — Cymande Cymande Bra / The Message (Single) Not On Label none US 1972 Sell This Version
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J 225 Fug — Cymande Cymande Fug (Single) Janus Records J 225 US 1973 Sell This Version
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ALA10 Bra / Ras Tafarian Folk Song — Cymande Cymande Bra / Ras Tafarian Folk Song (Single) Janus Records ALA10 UK 1973 Sell This Version
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BE 24.018-H The Message / Ras Tafarian Folk Song — Cymande Cymande The Message / Ras Tafarian Folk Song(7", Single) Blue Elephant BE 24.018-H Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
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BE 24.529-H Bra / One More — Cymande Cymande Bra / One More(7", Single) Blue Elephant BE 24.529-H Netherlands 1973 Sell This Version
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CS.2019 Brothers On The Slide / Pon Der Dungle — Cymande Cymande Brothers On The Slide / Pon Der Dungle (Single) Contempo CS.2019 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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ALA 1021 Friends / One More — Cymande Cymande Friends / One More Alaska ALA 1021 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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12 X 45-6, 12X45-1 Vicious Rap / Bra — Cymande Tanya - Sweet Tee - Winley* / Cymande Tanya - Sweet Tee - Winley* / Cymande - Vicious Rap / Bra Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records 12 X 45-6, 12X45-1 US 1980 Sell This Version
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12 x 33 - 7B, 12x-45-1B Back Up Push Baby / Bra — Cymande 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
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611, 12x45-1 I Believe In The Wheel Of Fortune / Bra — Cymande 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
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TUF 12002 The Message — Cymande Cymande The Message(12") TUF Records TUF 12002 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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NEET 1008 The Message / Brothers On The Slide / Dove / Bra — Cymande Cymande The Message / Brothers On The Slide / Dove / Bra(12") Sequel Records NEET 1008 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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SHMEP02 Renegades Of Funk EP — Cymande Cymande Renegades Of Funk EP (EP) Smash Hit Music Co SHMEP02 US 2005 Sell This Version
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MRB7144 Fug / Brothers On The Slide — Cymande Cymande Fug / Brothers On The Slide(7", RE) Mr Bongo MRB7144 UK 2018 Sell This Version
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12X45-12, 12 X 33 - 12 Bra / Apache — Cymande Cymande / Arawak All Stars Cymande / Arawak All Stars - Bra / Apache Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records 12X45-12, 12 X 33 - 12 US Unknown Sell This Version
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12X45-1 Smokin' Cheeba-Cheeba / Bra — Cymande Harlem Underground Band / Cymande Harlem Underground Band / Cymande - Smokin' Cheeba-Cheeba / Bra Paul Winley Records 12X45-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
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12X45-3, 12X45-1 Who Is He And What Is He To You / Bra — Cymande Creative Source / Cymande Creative Source / Cymande - Who Is He And What Is He To You / Bra (Comp) Paul Winley Records, Paul Winley Records 12X45-3, 12X45-1 US Unknown Sell This Version
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COL 3930 Anthracite / Zion I — Cymande Cymande Anthracite / Zion I(7", Single, RE) Collectables COL 3930 US Unknown Sell This Version
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Compilations

COL-CD-5202 The Best Of Cymande — Cymande Cymande The Best Of Cymande (Comp) Sequel Records COL-CD-5202 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 :)
Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

September 1, 2007
edited over 15 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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