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Cymande

Although underappreciated and woefully overlooked during their original tenure together, the fine early-'70s outfit Cymande (pronounced Sah-mahn-day) was one of the first to merge African rhythms with rock, funk, reggae, and soul. Comprised of members who hailed from such exotic locales as Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Vincent, the nine-man lineup (who were all entirely self-taught) contained Steve Scipio (bass), Ray King (vocals, percussion), Derek Gibbs (alto/soprano), Pablo Gonsales (congas), Joey Dee (vocals, percussion), Peter Serreo (tenor), Sam Kelly (drums), Mike Rose (alto, flute, bongos), and Patrick Patterson (guitar). The band issued a total of three releases: 1972's self-titled debut (which spawned one of their best-known songs, "The Message," peaking at number 22 on the domestic R&B charts in 1974), 1973's Second Time Round, and 1974's Promised Heights -- before splitting up.

But by the '90s, Cymande became the recipient of a strong cult following as another track from their debut, "Bra," was included on the soundtrack to Spike Lee's motion picture Crooklyn, and several of their songs were sampled by rap artists (including Raze, Master Ace, MC Solaar, De La Soul, DJ Kool, and the Fugees). Due to sudden interest in Cymande, a pair of compilations were issued -- a British double-CD titled The Message (which collected all three of their albums), a 13-track collection, The Soul of Rasta, and best of all, Renegades of Funk. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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This group did not deserve to be so FREAKIN UNDERRATED!! ! ! ! ! They were awesome 2 tha BONE MARROW!!! I will never forget them........ . . . .
That's what's FAT.. Grooves that make ya fall back and relax.
I am from NYC and I remember the Paradise Underground days! I used to go there too!!
Love this jam! Used to listen and dance to this in school during lunchroom when I was a teen in the 70's! My kids said this jam is the bomb! Miss the days of Cymande!
flowergirl81 9
Miss those days when we rocked to this music at the Paradise Underground Disco in NYC. Gone forever.
All the funk music was real in the 70's I still have cymandae on vinyl
JUST GOT HERE(on Pandora)!!!
Let's do this, YEAH1
I WAS THERE!!!!!!! ! ! ! GROOVIN' WITH THE FUNK11111111 1
Music with a message. OUTRIGHT, THESE BROTHERs were REAL.
gbdesigns76
sorry about typo' s but you get it
gbdesigns76
it s as real a** gets!! you can hear a lotta music before you this kinda soul deep s**t can t imagine what it was like live in the club in 72
theres nothing more to say dawg
They knew how to hit it right.
Lovin' the funk!!
Lots going on here niiice.....o f f to find more.
I miss the early 70's, good music.
digging the funk, can hear all the different instruments! It's nice to listen to REAL MUSIC...
Funky with Horns and great Vocals.
I love this!
mayfield type funk, listen to the lyrics man dig that, huh
funk to rattle the junk in your trunk
sadconquors
Cynmande along with Mandrill and countless other's definitely brought a freshness to the seventies.
On the WC and diggin it too.
The song Bra was the jam back in the day. Like the bio says underapprici a t e d . I don't no about the west coast, but the east coast was digging it.

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