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Reggae music again: Kenyatta Hill coming to Malawi

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Kenyatta Hill, son to the fallen lead singer for the legendary reggae trio Culture, Joseph Hill will perform live in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on June 3.


Hill, who is the current leader for Culture, will perform alongside Lucius Banda, Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa, Sam Simakweli, Nepman, Soulraiders Band and others.

Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Kenyatta ‘Jr Culture’ Hill's career as a singer began the day his father’s ended.  Joseph Hill, singer and songwriter of the group died in 2006 while on tour in Europe.

Left without a lead singer, Kenyatta - then the band's sound engineer - stepped from behind the mixing board and onstage to deliver 19 electrifying performances until the completion  of the tour. Fans, promoters, and critics all agreed: a rising star manifested and the legacy of Culture would live on.

Influenced by elements of dancehall, grounded in the roots tradition, and motivated to carry on his father’s work, Kenyatta set out to finish songs that Joseph had started and create new music of his own. On his poignant debut album "Pass The Torch" , he was backed by a masterful roster of musicians including Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. His first single, "Daddy," explored the emotional pain and uncertainty that he felt after the loss of his father. The album received public and critical acclaim.

Following his debut, Kenyatta embarked on a successful U.S. tour with Beres  Hammond and released a celebrated tribute album in 2011, "Live On: A Tribute To Culture". He continued to tour extensively across the globe, honing his craft as a solo artist and keeping the legacy of Culture alive for reggae lovers everywhere.

He returned to the studio older and wiser, ready to share a more complete picture of Kenyatta Hill: the artist, the man. His third album, Riddim Of Life (Honest Music), features members of the famed Roots Radics band, Culture backing band, and Thievery Corporation's reggae outfit The Archives.

2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Culture classic album "Two Sevens Clash", A world tour with original members of the group as well as solo performances are in the works and Malawi has been included on that tour.

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