Cymande

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": funk soul afrobeat 70s rhythm and blues Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Allmusic Wikipedia

Biography

This London, England-based band coined the phrase ‘nyah rock’. Their musical influences included soul, afrobeat, reggae and calypso, and they were widely considered the roots alternative to Osibisa. The variable line-up centred around the duo of Patrick Patterson (guitar, organ, vocals) and Stephen Scipio (bass), who enrolled the services of like-minded individuals including Joey Dee (vocalist), Michael Rose (alto flute), Sam Kelly (drums), Pablo Gonzalez (percussion), Desmond Atwell (baritone) Derrick Gibbs (saxophone) and Jimmy Lindsay (vocals). The band released four albums but are best remembered for their 1972 hit, ‘The Message’. The song featured on national radio as well as being included on the phenomenally successful soul compilation, Superbad. The collection was named after the disco luminary Mr. Superbad and introduced the band to a wider audience. They followed the hit with the equally popular ‘Bra’ (brother) although the...

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