kenyatta "culture" hill / Press

“Overall, it got to the point somewhere in the middle of this album where you really feel Kenyatta Hill coming into his own as an artist, but maybe he didn’t have very far to come. What I mean is that not only is there the passion that I was seeking, but there’s also a rather large bit of confidence as well and for someone who’s been singing professionally for less than five years – That just doesn’t seem very normal. Surely it helped him that, by the time of this recording (at least presumably), he would’ve had some nice experience singing these songs, but with this material, as the premise of this review would suggest, I think Hill had some help in the fact that he was singing material that he may’ve LITERALLY been born to sing and, at the very least, he’s been around for his entire life. When you size up something like that then ”Live On” definitely becomes a little less surprising although not at all less powerful. Excellent.”


“Take My Hands is the first song on this album which is done by Kenyatta. Just like his father Kenyatta has a great vocal skill. The song is a nice sing-a-long with upbeat riddim. Mighty Race is almost as if Joseph himself song this tune, the song is definitely one of the gems on the album. Daddy is the first tune Kenyatta ever made, it's a tribute to his father and the greatest tune on the album.Then Mariwanna is from Kenyatta is a real herbalist tune worth checking out.Same Situation which uses Ernest Wilson's 'I Know Myself' riddim is also a real hit on this album. Camp Yard and Empress Haffe Clean are the 2 songs that round off this album.The dancehall effort Empress Haffe Clean closes the album. It's not my cup of tea, but it might arise some attraction by the youths. All Killer No Filler! Already an entry for Album of the Year 2008?! ”


“Culture has long been reggae’s preeminent harmony group. Born in the 70's golden age of reggae, the ever viable Culture has garnered continual US and international acclaim for its long series of classic “roots” albums. Culture’s legendary “Two Sevens Clash” (Shanachie) was Reggae Album of the Year in 1977 and is acknowledged by Rolling Stone Magazine (April 11, 2002) as #25 of the 50 all time coolest records (the only reggae album to make the list).”

Rolling Stone