Joseph 'Culture' Hill reggae legend

Joseph Hill (January 22, 1949 – August 19, 2006) was the lead singer and songwriter for the roots reggae group Culture, most famous for their 1977 hit "Two Sevens Clash", but also well known for their "International Herb" single. Hill recorded twenty-two albums.

Joseph Hill was born in Linstead in Saint Catherine Parish in 1949. He was raised in a Christian family and began singing in church at the age of six.

Within two years he was making his own musical instruments.  After leaving home he came into contact with Rastafarians and adopted the faith.

He began his career in the late 1960s as a percussionist, recording with the Studio One house band the Soul Defenders. He also worked as a sound system deejay, and began performing as a backing vocalist, leading to his singles "Behold the Land" and "Take Me Girl" in the early 1970s.

In the early 70s Hill performed with two groups that included future reggae star Glen Washington - C35 Incorporated and Stepping Stone.[citation needed] He performed regularly on the hotel circuit, but had his greatest success with the group Culture.

Solo Singles

  • "Behold the Land" (197?), Coxsone
  • "Take Me Girl" (197?)
  • Raw Truth EP (2006), Ababa Janhoy - featuring Big Youth and Daddy Rings

Hill died after collapsing following a performance in Berlin on 19 August 2006. At his funeral in September 2006, Hill was eulogized by, amongst others, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who recognized his contributions to Jamaican Culture and ambassadorship to the world.

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