Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande will have its UK Premiere at BFI London Film Festival on 13th October
Fresh from a World Premiere at SXSW and an award winning global festival tour, Chawshay Films is delighted to confirm that Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande will be returning home for its UK Premiere at the 66th BFI London Film Festival. The documentary will have its UK Premiere in front of a sold out audience on 13th October with an additional screening on Sunday 16th October.
In the racially turbulent UK of the early 70s, a group of black musicians came together in South London with a common love of rhythms and a message of peace. Cymande – with the dove as their symbol – combined jazz, funk, soul and Caribbean grooves to form a unique sound. Despite success in the USA they faced indifference in their native Britain, becoming disillusioned and disbanding. But the music lived on, as new generations of artists imbibed and reworked their pioneering sounds in fresh ways. From Soul II Soul to De La Soul, MC Solaar to The Fugees, the Dove had spread Cymande’s message far and wide, prompting their return after forty years. This is their story.