Doc´n Roll Festival presents: Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande
Director: Tim Mackenzie-Smith Run Time: 89 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2022
NEW YORK PREMIERE
The British group Cymande are unsung heroes: the first British band to play at Harlem’s legendary Apollo, their message of peace, love and funk sailed far beyond Britain’s shores and helped shape music for five decades. Long after they stopped playing in the 1970s, their innovative jazz-rock-funk music played on, with tracks including the iconic ‘Bra’ sampled by the likes of De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, the Sugarhill Gang, MC Solaar and the Fugees, so they returned to play some more. In Getting It Back, their story is told on screen for the first time, with tributes from a galaxy of musicians and producers influenced and enthralled by their music, including Mark Ronson, Norman Jay, Jazzie B, DJ Maseo of De la Soul, Jim James and Louie Vega.
Followed by an after party in Tree Lounge with a DJ set by Estella Adeyeri