Cymande (Sah-mahn-day) are a British funk band, who released several albums throughout the early 1970s. The group was formed in 1971 in London, England by musicians from Guyana and Jamaica. The name Cymande is derived from a Calypso word for Dove, which symbolizes peace and love. “Bra” is featured on the soundtrack to Spike Lee’s 1993 film Crooklyn. “Bra”, “Dove”, and “The Message” can be heard in his 2002 film 25th Hour. “Bra” is sampled by De La Soul in the song “Change in Speak,” from 3 Feet High and Rising. The instrumental mid-portion of “Bra” was used at both the beginning and ending of John Leguizamo’s stage production Sexaholix. “Bra” was featured in Transworld Skateboarding’s “Free Your Mind” in Darrell Stanton’s part, and “Crawshay” was featured in Habitat’s “Mosaic” in Danny Renaud’s section. “Bra” was featured on an episode of Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

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