Cymande Special Screening and Q&A @GenesisCinema (18.02.24)

Kush Films in association with The British Film Institute & Genesis Cinema
Presents A
UK Exclusive Screening, Q&A & Afterparty
The UK Cinema Release of
Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande


Sunday 18 February 2024

Q&A with Cymande members Patrick Patterson & Steve Scipio
+ director Tim MacKenzie-Smith

Host: Joy Coker (

Afterparty DJ: Lindsay Wesker
(8.15pm – 10.30pm)

Genesis Cinema
93 Mile End Rd, London, E1 4UJ

(£12.50 concessions)

Getting It Back: The Story of Cymande  
A riveting documentary about the British Black super group that never made it, but whose music you will definitely have heard.

Cymande are the greatest band you’ve likely never heard of and this is their incredible untold story. Formed in south London by musicians who came to the UK from the Caribbean as part of the Windrush generation and led by Patrick Patterson (guitar) and Steve Scipio (bass), they combined jazz, funk, soul and Caribbean grooves to create a new sound.

Despite finding success in the US with their first three brilliant albums they faced indifference through prejudice at home, became disillusioned and disbanded in 1975. But their music lived on as new generations of artists, in the UK and the US discovered, sampled and reworked their pioneering sounds, taking their music to new audiences.

Illustrated with archival footage, the story of these unsung heroes is told on screen through new interviews with the original band members filmed over two years.

Director: Tim MacKenzie-Smith
UK 2022 | 90 mins | 12A



Read our full special feature on the history of Cymande the Black British supergroup we should all know about but only now their legacy is being revealed
See Here  

“They were a band for thinkers. Their music isn’t throwaway, it’s thought about, it’s challenging, it confronts you. And it makes you dance.” Norman Jay 

“To me Cymande were the British Earth Wind and Fire, they were the black British supergroup that never happened” Craig Charles 

 “Don’t matter how you slice it and dice it they will definitely go down in the hip hop archives as one of the sacred crates. These are songs that upon which, if it wasn’t for songs like these, there would have been no hip hop” Jazzy J 

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