Kenyatta Hill, also known as “Afrique”, the only son of the late Reggae Legend, Joseph Hill Culture, has debunked a 16-year speculative report on the death of his father.
He says his father passed out on a tour bus in Berlin, Germany after he had performed with his band for over 2hours in Belgium and headed to Germany for another booked show in Berlin.
An emotional Kenyatta says his father did not die on stage, when he spoke on the issue for the first time in an interview with Natty Fyah on Reggae Train on Nhyira 104.5 FM in Kumasi.
According to Kenyatta Hill, his father had stopped smoking and drinking alcohol for a long time before his demise.
He says the decision was not based on health conditions, but rather an advice by his personal doctor to help his vocals as a singer.
However, Culture battled health issues for a long time which was not known by anyone except his family.
Kenyatta Hill, born on February 6, 1979 shares same birth date with the King of Reggae music, Bob Marley.
He took over his father’s mantle after the sudden death while they were on an Europe Tour with the Trio Reggae Band Culture.
He pulled a surprising and electrifying performance hours after his father’s demise.
As his father’s personal sound engineer and vocal mixer, Kenyatta undoubtedly sounds just like his father, though he never wanted to imitate him.
He described the resemblance as natural connection and feels that his father lives in him.
Afrique wishes his father’s museum or foundation is started from Africa “because he fought for Africans, lyrically, physically, mentally, and until he died he said ‘AFRICA’”.
Junior Culture, as most reggae fans call him, wants to collaborate with Ghanaian international reggae icon, Black Prophet, who he described as one of his favorite African reggae musician.
Meanwhile, Kenyatta says though his father had no blood relation with Winston Rodney, also known as Burning Spear, another great reggae living legend, Culture took lots of inspiration from him which enticed him to release his first single “African”.
Joseph Hill ‘Culture’ born on January 22, 1947 was a conscious root reggae icon. Most people knew him as “Zion gate keeper”. He founded the Reggae Trio Band Culture as a Jamaican music group in 1976. Originally they were known as the African Disciples. Culture was a constant member until his death in 2006.
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