April 20


7:00 PM

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O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

They’ve been known as “the greatest band you’ve never heard of,” and that’s clearly all about to change as their story is told on the big screen for the first time in cinemas around the world with ‘Getting It Back: The Story Of Cymande’. A group of black British musicians, Cymande all came to the UK from the Caribbean as children, released three brilliant albums in quick succession in the early 70s.

They originally split in 1975, but their music lived on, as successive generations of artists and fans found and embraced their songs. Their massive influence can be heard in the dozens of samples taken from their albums over the last five decades, from pioneering DJs like DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash, to De La Soul, Wu-Tang Clan, Gang Starr, The Coup, Sugar Hill Gang, Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) and The Fugees to name just a few. They stand today as one of the most revered and sampled bands to have ever cropped up across the history of hip hop, house, and dance music.

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