Cymande (pronounced Sah-mahn-day) are a legendary funk group formed in 1971 in London by musicians from Guyana, Jamaica & Saint Vincent.
Their name was derived from a calypso word for Dove, symbolizing peace & love. The band were signed by producer John Schroeder to his Alaska label in the UK (and Janus in North America). Cymande went on to release three albums in the early-to-mid 1970s. Their debut, Cymande (1972), boasted perhaps their best-known funk anthem, ‘The Message’ & the much-sampled ‘Bra’, adopted by pioneering DJs like DJ Kool Herc & Grandmaster Flash before being plundered by De La Soul. This reissue boasts 2 non-album single edits & new sleeve-notes written with the cooperation with the band & John Schroeder.