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Culture

Vocal trio Culture helped define the sound and style of Rastafarian roots reggae, thanks largely to charismatic singer, songwriter, and leader Joseph Hill. True to their name, Culture's material was devoted almost exclusively to spiritual, social, and political messages, and Hill delivered them with a fervent intensity that grouped him with Rastafarian militants like Burning Spear and Black Uhuru. Their classic debut, Two Sevens Clash, is still considered a roots reggae landmark, and most of their other late-'70s output maintains a similarly high standard. After a hiatus, Culture returned in the mid-'80s with a lighter, more polished sound that drew from more eclectic musical sources. Yet the force of their message never softened, and they soldiered on into the new millennium.

Joseph Hill had been trying his hand at a solo career for some time before forming Culture. He first started out as a disc selector for various sound systems in his hometown of Linstead, in St. Catherine Parish. From there he joined a group called the Soul Defenders as a percussionist and part-time vocalist. The Soul Defenders worked at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's legendary Studio One in 1971, cutting backing tracks for a variety of vocalists. Hill himself recorded several solo numbers during that time, including "Behold the Land" and "Take Me Girl," but nothing came of them. The Soul Defenders returned to St. Catherine to work the hotel lounge circuit in northern Jamaica, and Hill floated through several bands prior to forming Culture in 1976. His cousin Albert Walker came to him with the idea of forming a vocal group, and the two quickly recruited another cousin, Roy "Kenneth" Dayes, to sing harmony vocals along with Walker.

Initially calling themselves the African Disciples, the trio hooked up with producer Joe Gibbs in Kingston, and soon changed their name to Culture. Overseen by Gibbs and engineer Errol Thompson, aka the Mighty Two, they debuted with the single "This Time" on Gibbs' Belmont label. Not long after, they broke through with several hit singles, including "See Them a Come" and "Two Sevens Clash." The latter was a Rastafarian vision of the rapidly approaching apocalypse, which fueled public paranoia in an already violent election year; it also provided the title track of the group's debut album, which was released in 1977 to tremendous acclaim. Featuring other crucial tracks like "Get Ready to Ride the Lion to Zion" and "Natty Dread Take Over," Two Sevens Clash was a spiritual manifesto against racial injustice and poverty. It won a huge following not only in Jamaica, but also the U.K., where the growing punk rock movement was discovering a kinship with protest reggae, and connected immediately with the album's powerful disaffection.

Unhappy with their financial dealings with Gibbs, Culture soon split for a brief and contentious stay at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label, where they started (and never quite finished) a new album titled Africa Stand Alone; the results were eventually released as they were, without authorization. Meanwhile, Gibbs released leftovers from the Two Sevens Clash sessions on two more LPs, Baldhead Bridge (whose title song was a hit) and More Culture. By the end of 1977, Culture had already moved to Sonia Pottinger's High Note label, and recorded three excellent albums in quick succession: 1978's Harder Than the Rest and 1979's Cumbolo and International Herb. Additional material from the era was later compiled on Trod On and Production Something. Culture performed at the legendary One Love Peace Concert in 1978, and later toured heavily in the U.K. with backing band the Revolutionaries (which included the young Sly & Robbie).

However, there would not be much more material forthcoming, at least for the time being. Culture split up in 1982, and Hill recorded what was essentially a solo album, Lion Rock, under the Culture name; Walker and Dayes, meanwhile, made a few recordings with producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes. The trio reunited in 1986, and quickly recorded two well-received comeback albums, Culture at Work and Culture in Culture, that year. They resumed touring as well, and kicked off another prolific and productive period with albums like 1988's Nuff Crisis (which featured the powerful protest "Crack in New York"), 1989's Good Things, 1991's dancehall-flavored Three Sides to My Story, and 1992's Wings of a Dove.

In 1993, Kenneth Dayes left the group to pursue a solo career, wanting to continue their earlier experimentation with dancehall. Culture was then touring with an independent backing band called Dub Mystic, and that group's lead singer, Ire'Lano Malomo, was pressed into service as the third vocalist in the trio. Malomo appeared on two studio albums, 1996's One Stone and 1997's Trust Me. He was replaced in 1999 by veteran singer Telford Nelson, who made his debut on 2000's Payday. Hill released another effective solo album, Humble African, in 2001, and Culture returned in 2003 with the acclaimed World Peace. On August 19, 2006, during a show in Berlin, Germany, Hill collapsed on-stage and passed away. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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dredout07
Humble thy self
dylurbani
rejoyce
dylurbani
la la la la la la la la la la la la
All day gettin down
gaforces
du babba due babba dei
Kiss ur left hand say yo crushes name say a school day close yo hand say yo name open yo hand and look at it post this on at least 15 more songs and yo crush will ask u out on the date or day u said
Respect.. Ole times roots. Brother joe
It is war against each other
meneleik
PLEASE.....I t i n u e to listen and learn from these Blessed teachers I an I know there is more to learn from there direct line to JAH more blessin in da riddim in da lyric and always vibes
Rasta far iiiiiiiiiii!
The Righteous African Stand Tall Alone
I love culture Joseph he is a legend. His legacy shall prevail forever and everr amen
gonzalez_125 0
I like them it's sweet raggae music sounds feel like it's gives peaces with love
I and I luv reggae music. Root music
legis225
I and I love pure rasta. Praise Jah forever!
I meet the great hill n easthampton n the 90's I was touched by a prophet SOULJAH yes I n I liveth for Iver!
Big up joesph big up i ,jah blessing forever be upon you forever
Pure rasta yes I
I saw Culture perform at the Marley Festival in San Diego, after Hill's death. His son took over the lead vocals after Joseph passed in Germany - and each song that he and the group performed in San Diego was accompanied by a huge video screen above the stage - that played concert videos of his father performing the same songs as the son sang them. It was a deeply moving and spiritual experience - and an amazing show. Rest in peace, Joseph Hill.
Tha man stop a show one nite in charleston , thinking ii was recording the show . Next time I went too see him he gave me a beautiful concert on stage and in the dressing room smoke up boy joesph hill yes roots jah love peace& blessing mighty rocker jah Rastafaria miss tha man
Culture music his always on point with their lyrics.
Joseph Hill, music is like running water,runnin through the life of Jah children. RASTAFARI
Music in this stream is what feeds the soul of Jah chldren Universally, and is whats missing intodays music scene. Yes Spiritual food since man does not live by bread alone.
this is music for the mind, soul ,life..this is pure genieous
enjoy listening to what my soul believes :)
empresslilli a n
Joseph Hill {the late}the best culture artist ever, my opinion,than k you. As a rastafarian he set a standard of excellence that is achieved by a very limited amount of artist period. Justis.




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Jah is writing all we do on the,the chances we take,the mistakes we make,how fast we go & break in life.
Joseph Hill, One Of The Best.
Solo was amazing!!!
dryswamp1890
Loving African music thoughout the Diaspora.... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
reggae music is what the soul needs
Give thanks for Rasta vibes always. It makes my daily living easy yes!"Michael " california.
Roots, Reality, and of course? Culture!
Give thanks for de vibes..
Real reaggea is what Joseph Hill sings
Reggae hit is da best
I just love Joseph Hills. Can listen to him all day without eating.
i love INI music...JAH JAH music....Roo t z music...i miss the roots farm!!
Joseph Hill was one of the great reggae artist. His hard roots and culture style. May him rest in peace with Jah Glory. Will be missed.
love him miss him that voice lift me up every time
kamabaiboy
Hill was one of the best of all times. THE world of true reggae works will always miss such a genius. may his mighty soul rest in peace
Joe Hill Wah can i seh he was and is harder than de rest
Culture has a lot of excellent songs.
yea man.great was he.....one love n jah bless
another musical prophet... jah live!!
me so happy love ya mon do me more
silver02
JOSEPH HILL WAS A GENTLE SPIRIT & THE GREATEST STORYTELLER OF OUR TIME. HE IS MISSED BY MANY.

CLEVELAND, OH
no musicians like culture
calvin000
Joseph Hill, genius. Did he write his own horn arrangements as well?
What a loss to the conscious world! Culture, one of the greatest roots/reggae singers. Distinct sound, always an irie vibes.
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