When I was asked to choose my favorite past live session from the Morning Becomes Eclectic archives, I immediately had a long list to cull down. I chose this particular performance from UK/Caribbean Afro-Soul outfit Cymande because their three records released between 1971 and '74 are hugely inspirational to me. As a record collector looking for grooves to sample — they fit the bill. And as a DJ focused on playing music that highlights cultural progression with a message of unity and love — they‘re a sureshot.
Cymande — whose name is derived from a calypso word for "dove" — have also been influential in hip-hop; being sampled by De La Soul, The Fugees, and others. The group broke up shortly after their 3rd record but reunited for a few rare performances in the past 40+ years — including this one, recorded at KCRW almost 4 years ago to the day. Make sure you catch their MBE version of “The Message,” with its irresistible groove and unifying lyrics.
Check out more KCRW Throwback Sessions:
The Internet live on MBE in 2015
Hot 8 Brass Band live on MBE in 2017
Laura Mvula live on MBE in 2013
John Legend’s Apogee Session in 2014
Café Tacvba live on MBE in 1996
Lykke Li live on MBE in 2011
Moby live on MBE in 1999
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings live on MBE in 2014
Animal Collective live on MBE in 2016
Marlon Williams live on MBE in 2018
Khruangbin live on MBE in 2018