The British-based funk music pioneers emerged as innovators of the funk music scene during the early 1970s. Influenced by their Caribbean heritage, the band combined reggae and Rastafarian rhythms with funk, soul, R&B, jazz and rock to create a new and exciting sound which captivated audiences throughout the United Kingdom, United States, Europe and Africa.
They made history in 1973 by becoming the first British-based band to perform at the world-renowned Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The band’s debut album became the fastest selling album on the Janus record label. Cymande went on to record two further albums with producer John Schroeder, “Second Time Round” (1973) and “Promised Heights” (1974).
Cymande’s legacy is made evident by both the rare groove/deep house scene in the 1980s and the sampling of many of the band’s tracks including the single “Bra” by hip hop music artists in the 1990s. “Bra” was also included in the music soundtrack for Spike Lee’s motion picture “Crooklyn” and “Dove” was featured prominently in Lee’s “25th Hour”.