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 ‚€œmagic, not tragic!
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
‚€œvery lovely and high level vibe Kenyatta Hill's first CD
prompted one longtime Culture fan to proclaim Culture is ALIVE.
is indeed alive. Kenyatta Hill keeps the Culture Legacy alive along
with original founding member Albert Walker and long time
harmony singer Telford Nelson, continuing to thrill old and new
Culture fans with the classic sounds of the legendary harmony
channels the energy, the passion, the voice and mannerisms of Joseph
Hill. Overlaid with his own lively
and youthful musical vision
his performances must be seen live to get the full experience.
is indeed alive and Joseph Hill remains a primal force in reggae.
legendary Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ..was acknowledged by
Rolling Stone Magazine as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records
(the only reggae album to make the list).
infectious dance floor filler four decades later. The New
York Times named Culture as ‚€œthe leading exponent of conscious
reggae, and Hill's devotion to the traditional Rastafarian
values of purity, simplicity and justice never once wavered and
stands today as an example for all.
the standards set by his father, Kenyatta Hill has continued to write
conscious music and perform both in the US and internationally. He
has appeared at numerous music festivals and toured successfully with
Beres Hammond in 2009 and 2010. 2011 saw the release of ‚€œLive On,‚€œ
a highly acclaimed tribute to the music of Joseph Hill and Culture
with Kenyatta performing fresh renditions of some of their classic
compositions. Producer and head of Penthouse Records, Donovan
Germain, on a mission to share classic reggae music with a younger
generation has re-recorded the work the music of Joseph Hill,
performed by Kenyatta and many of reggae‚€™s best known artists.
has continued to release solo projects and collaborations (Honest
Music Label), toured with Culture and on his own to promote
these releases including the 10 track ‚€œRiddim of Life
released in 2014 which received worldwide critical acclaim.
Kenyatta's most recent release ‚€œPoliceman (Honest Music)
features Akae Beka & Puma Ptah of Thievery
Corporation. Continued US and international touring have followed each
especially in the UK and Europe where Culture is always in demand.
anniversary of Two sevens Clash was celebrated with a 2017
tour. A number of North American performances are scheduled for New
England and the West Coast in 2018 and include the Sierra Nevada
World Music Fest.
Culture is alive and It is magic indeed that audiences around the
world can still hear the clear and shining vocals and the
message of hope and redemption offered by a truly great artist
through the voice of his son.
Kenyatta and the legacy of Culture: http://www.culturereggaeband.com/