Reggae Icon Joseph Hill, Lead Singer of Culture, Dies in Berlin

Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill

The lead singer of legendary reggae group Culture died today in Berlin. “It is with extreme sadness that I report the passing away of Joseph Hill the lead singer of the veteran reggae group Culture,” said Culture’s manager Jim Dooley. “Joseph suddenly took ill and passed away in Berlin Germany this morning while the group were in the middle of a European tour.

Hill enjoyed a lengthy career in reggae music and will be greatly missed by both fans and peers. The group plans to finish its current European tour and honor all other commitments with Joseph’s son Kenyatta standing in on lead vocals as a tribute to his father.”

Born January 22, 1949 in St. Catherine, Jamaica, and involved with music since early youth, Joseph Hill began his professional recording career in 1972 with the single “Behold the Land.”

By 1976 Joseph and his cousin Albert Walker had formed a trio whose name evolved into Culture with the release of the mythic Two Sevens Clash.

Joseph Hill performed solo under the name Culture and recorded several projects during the early eighties; he and Albert subsequently reunited and have since produced a long series of critically acclaimed recordings.

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Author: World Music Central News Department

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