jeudi 10 mai


Grand auditoire

Steve Scipio, singer, songwriter, bass

Patrick Patterson, singer, songwriter, guitar

Sam Kelly, drums

Derrick Gibbs, alto sax

Pablo Gonzales, percussion, vocals

Ray Simpson, percussion, vocals

Adrian reid, keyboards

Ray Carless, tenor + soprano sax

Kevin Davy, trumpet


Quatre albums auront suffi à faire de Cymande un groupe mythique, tant pour les fans de funk que pour les amateurs de hip-hop. Leurs rythmiques savantes puisent dans le monde entier des accords caribéens aux cadences latines en passant par les tempos africains. Le groupe se forme en 1971 à Londres, autour de neuf musiciens et chanteurs d’origines jamaïcaines et guyanaises. Le producteur John Schroeder découvre le groupe dans un club londonien et le signe aussitôt chez Janus Records avant d’enregistrer leur premier single « The message ». C’est en 1990 que MC Solaar sample leur titre phare pour son morceau "Bouge de là" inscrivant Cymande au panthéon du Funk. Cymande se reforme en 2012, enregistre l’album ‘A simple act of faith’ en 2015 et participe à une tournée mondiale.

The funk-jazz and soul pioneers Cymande emerged as innovators of the Black British music scene during the early 1970’s. Influenced by their Caribbean heritage, Cymande created a new and exciting sound captivating audiences throughout the UK, USA, Europe and the continent of Africa. The band’s perpetual emblem, the dove, symbolizing peace and love, conveys the enduring true spirit of togetherness between this legendary band and its loyal, ever growing fan base. Some 40 years after the band stopped performing, Cymande is back together, as one of the first to merge African rhythms with rock, funk, reggae, and soul. Composed of members from Guyana, Jamaica, and St. Vincent, the nine-man band issued a total of three releases in the 70’s before splitting up. But by the '90s, Cymande became the recipient of a strong cult as several tracks included on the soundtracks to Spike Lee's movies such as “Crooklyn” and “The 25th Hour”, and several of their songs were sampled by rap artists including Master Ace, MC Solaar, De La Soul, Wu-Tang-Clan and the Fugees.