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 Culture is reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the 70′s golden age of reggae, the ever viable Culture garnered continual US and international acclaim for its long series of classic “roots” albums. Culture’s legendary “Two Sevens Clash” (Shanachie) was Reggae Album of the Year in 1977 and is acknowledged today by Rolling Stone Magazine (April 11, 2002) as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records (the only reggae album to make the list).    

Culture’s music, featuring the shining lead vocals of Joseph Hill, is solidly roots, perfectly executed and delivered with genuine emotional fervor. Joseph Hill’s devotion to the traditional Rastafarian values of purity, simplicity and justice is exemplified by Culture’s lyrical themes. Milo Miles, writing for The New York Times, named Culture as “the leading exponent of ‘conscious reggae’”. Hill’s message is clear and uplifting. His songwriting abilities are outstanding and music reviewers have lauded his achievements for two decades.

Culture’s level of energy and creativity are consistently superlative. They have performed brilliantly to spellbound audiences at countless festivals, concerts and clubs around the US and throughout the world. Culture’s backing band provided cohesion and energy behind the sweet harmonies of Albert and Telford Nelson and Joseph’s dynamic lead vocals.
Kenyatta Hill’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter for the legendary Jamaican vocal trio Culture, collapsed and died while on a 2006 tour of Europe. To the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, Kenyatta stepped onstage and delivered electrifying performances time and again – nineteen shows in all – until the tour was complete. This was unheard of in any genre of music at any time. Kenyatta gave of himself so totally – as his father had for so many years – that the two seemed to become one, the eerily similar voices and the vibes igniting the critics and yielding a new reggae mantra “magic, not tragic!”

Influenced by elements of dancehall, grounded in the roots tradition and motivated to carry on his father’s work, Kenyatta set to writing – to finish songs that Joseph had started and create new music of his own. On his poignant debut single, “Daddy,” (Tafari Records), backed by a masterful roster of musicians including Sly Dunbar and Dean Fraser, and produced by Lynford “Fatta” Marshall, he confronted the emotional pain and uncertainty he felt after the loss of his father. He cried while he wrote, just as audiences in Europe had cried while he sang.
Pass the Torch, the complete CD described as having “a collector’s item feel,” was released in 2007 to longtime Culture fans and critics who have embraced the son, named for Jomo Kenyatta, the first Prime minister of Kenya. With its “very lovely and high level vibe” Kenyatta Hill’s first CD prompted one longtime Culture fan to proclaim “Culture is ALIVE.”

Indeed, Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill continues to share the wisdom of Joseph’s conscious reggae overlaid with Kenyatta’s own lively and youthful musical vision. Touring in support of Pass the Torch with a number of festival appearances continued throughout 2009, including most recently a highly successful US tours with Beres Hammond in 2009 and 2010.

2011 saw the release of “ Live On “ a highly acclaimed tribute to the music of Joseph Hill and Culture with Kenyatta performing fresh renditions of some of their classic compositions..

Since 2012 Kenyatta has released solo projects  and collaborations on the Honest Music Label , toured with Culture and toured on his own to promote these  releases including the 10 track Riddim of Life released in 2014 with  the singles and Videos “Afrikan” and “Jah is my Friend”  receiving worldwide critical acclaim. Kenyatta’s most recent release  “Policeman “ also on Honest Music features Akae Beka & Puma Ptah  of Theivery Corporation.

While pursuing an active solo career  Kenyatta Hill keeps the Culture Legacy alive by thrilling old and new Culture fans with the classic sounds of  this legendary harmony group. On this 10th anniversary year  of the passing of the torch from father to son , Kenyatta continues as  lead vocalist of Culture  along with original  founding member Albert Walker and long time harmony singer Telford Nelson.

Producer and head of Penthouse Records, Donovan Germain, on a mission to share the music of a bygone era with a younger generation has re-recorded the music of reggae legend Peter Tosh and singer Beres Hammond done by younger acts and  is currently in studio doing post-production work on the music of Joseph Hill, performed by a Kenyatta  and  many of reggae’s best known artists. The release will  coincide with the 10 anniversary of Hill’s death.


2017 will see Culture’s “Two Sevens Clash “40 Years Anniversary Tour on Global Stages

    The tour will feature Kenyatta Hill on lead vocals with original backing vocals and long Time backing band and will give everyone an opportunity to go back in time to the beginnings of The Golden Era of Reggae and see how relevant it still is today.

“Arguably the best reggae record ever made and the only reggae record to appear in Rolling Stones Top 100 coolest records ever made. Culture made only strong albums for 30 years. “

 The vibe is strong as ever since Kenyatta Hill has taken the place of Joseph Hill on his passing while on  European tour in 2006. Kenyatta Hill, Joseph’s son who had been tour engineer stepped away from the sound board and finished the tour in his father’s place as lead vocalist of this iconic band.. and it was magical.

 “Likewise, the band’s signature tune Two Sevens Clash,  conceived by Joseph Hill as an apocalyptic prophecy to mark the ominous arrival  of 1977, is still an infectious dance floor filler four decades later. 

Kenyatta channels the energy, the passion, the voice and mannerisms to a tee and must be seen live to get the full experience.


Rasta Gospel

Preparing for Armageddon in 1977, Joseph Hill made the greatest reggae album of all time

  Proudly pronounced "one of the ten best reggae albums ever cut" in 1987, when it was released stateside a decade late, Two Sevens Clash may even be the very best. Never did Kingston hillsman Joseph Hill approach Bob Marley's ambition or sophistication. But never did Marley construct an album as perfect beginning to end. Although Two Sevens Clash was the first of many LPs from this harmony trio, at the time Hill wasn't sure there'd ever be another. Following Marcus Garvey, he believed worldwide conflagration was due in 1977, the year the two sevens clashed. Much is made of the political content here, but Two Sevens Clash is basically a Rastafarian gospel album. ". There are few voices like this anywhere -- Winston Rodney of Burning Spear comes closest. Imagine it's how a prophet might sound if the prophet believed in black starliners. You have to hear it to believe it.

Rolling Stone, Aug. 23, 2007

Robert Christgau, dean of American rock critics

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Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill  http://www.culturereggaeband.com/


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