“The Message”: Nyah Rock from the UK

K-Tel put out a 70s hits package called Super Bad and wisely decided to include Cymande‘s moody and mysterious 1972 hit, “The Message“:

Says Discogs:   “Formed 1971 in London, England, disbanded 1974. Cymande played what they themselves called NyahRock: a mixture of funk, soul, reggae and African rhythms.”  Wikipedia claims group members to be from Guyana, Jamaica & St. Vincent.

Pronounced Sah-MAHN-day.
Cymande
“The Message” would reach #48 on the pop chart, #22 on the R&B chart in 1973.
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K-Tel's Super Bad