Respect | Kenyatta Hill

Irie Magazine | Respect | Kenyatta Hill

Kenyatta Hill

Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica, Kenyatta Hill’s career as a singer began the day his father’s ended.  Joseph Hill, the lead singer/ songwriter of the legendary Jamaican trio Culture, passed away in 2006 while on tour in Europe. 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. Reggae fans all agreed: a rising star manifested and the legacy of Culture would live on.

His poignant debut album “Pass The Torch”, he was backed by a masterful roster of musicians including Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare.  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 returned to the studio to produce a complete picture of Kenyatta Hill: the artist, the man. 

His third album “Riddim Of Life” (Honest Music), produced by Christos DC, features members of the famed Roots Radics, Style Scott and Flabba Holt. Two videos were produced to promote the album, “Afrikan” and “Jah Is My Friend” featuring Christos DC.

In 2016 Kenyatta Hill, joined forces with Akae Beka (Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite and Puma Ptah ( formerly Ras Puma – Thievery Corporation) to remake the classic underground tune by Culture “Police Man”, A song too familiar with the current climate and tensions between the people and those in authority and  one of his best selling singles ah Honest Music label to date.
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 now.  “Lend not only your ear,” Kenyatta conveys, “but also your heart and mind.”

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