SWAN Stage


Sun, Oct 2 |  Swan Stage  |  2:10 - 3:00pm

Cymande is a group of Black British musicians who all came to the UK from the Caribbean as children, released three brilliant albums in quick succession in the early ’70s — but faced a UK music business beset by prejudice against home grown Black talent. Largely ignored, they split in 1975. But their music lived on, as successive generations of artists and fans in many genres found and embraced their songs. And now Cymande is back, touring the world and being embraced by the internet generation who weren’t even born when the band split up. A new documentary about the band, “Getting It Back— The Story of Cymande,” debuted at South by Southwest in 2022, and plans for a new studio album are in the works.