Over 10 music bands and solo stars will support Jamaican band Culture featuring Kenyatta Hill when the group will tour Malawi for live shows in Blantyre and Lilongwe in June.
Spicing up the event for the world-famous reggae group from Kingston, Jamaica are the Black Missionaries, Lucius Banda’s Zembani Band, Anthony Makondetsa, Sam Smack, Nepman, Lambanie Dube, Skeffa Chimoto, the Real Sounds Band, Soul Raiders for the shows scheduled for Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre on June 2 and at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe on June 3.
The tour is being organised by Impakt Events, a group of young artists who came together to form an events company in an effort to create events that will give a plat form to the Malawian artists and promote the Malawian industry and music internationally.
Popular female artist Wendy Harawa is the marketing executive and artist liason person while Zembani and one of Malawi’s greatest music star, Lucius Banda is CEO.
Harawa says tickets are available at all Total and Puma filling stations in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
Ticket charges for the two shows are K10,000 each person and K15,000 for the Mibawa’s VIP spot.
The event is being sponsored by Airtel, Total, Carlsberg, Puma, Nyasa Manufacturing Company, Times Group, Galaxy FM, Zodiak, Ufulu FM, Uta Wear and Taurus Adventures.
Culture are a Jamaican roots reggae group founded in 1976. Originally they were known as the African Disciples. The one constant member until his death in 2006 was Joseph Hill, father to Kenyatta.
According to information on Wikipedia, Kenyatta’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill collapsed and died while on a 2006 tour of Europe. To the amazement of promoters, fans and critics alike, Kenyatta stepped onstage and delivered electrifying performances time and again –nineteen shows in all — until the tour was complete.
This was unheard of in any genre of music at any time. Kenyatta gave of himself so totally – as his father had for so many years – that the two seemed to become one, the eerily similar voices and the vibes igniting the critics and yielding a new reggae mantra “magic, not tragic!”
Thus his making an impact for the famois reggae group in which he had been acting as the group’s sound engineer on tour. Wikipedia records thay Kenyatta immediately became the lead singer of Culture with Walker and Nelson continuing to provide backing vocals.
Under Joseph Hill, the group initially started using the name The African Disciples and soon changed name to Culture.
Wikipedia says the group recorded a series of powerful singles, starting with “See Dem a Come”, “Two Sevens Clash” (which predicted the apocalypse on 7 July 1977). Their singles ended up on their debut album Two Sevens Clash.
Two Sevens Clash became a big seller in the United Kingdom, popular with punk rock fans as well as reggae fans and boosted by the support of John Peel on his BBC Radio 1 show, and reached number 60 on the UK Albums Chart in April 1978.
Culture also performed at the One Love Peace Concert in 1978 organised by the reggae legend late Bob Marley, who died in 1981.
At the Ranny Williams Center in Kingston Jamaica at the memorial concert for his father, Kenyatta’s performance with Culture was the highlight in a star studded night and garnered him the rousing support of the hard-to-please Kingston reggae audience.
Kenyatta went on to front Culture in a series of performances in the US, Caribbean, Brazil, Argentina and Peru, again leaving audiences amazed and delighted.
Grounded in the roots tradition and motivated to carry on his father’s work, Kenyatta set to writing – to finish songs that Joseph had started and create new music of his own. On his poignant debut single, ‘Daddy’, backed by a masterful roster of musicians including Sly Dunbar and Dean Fraser, and produced by Lynford “Fatta” Marshall, he confronted the emotional pain and uncertainty he felt after the loss of his father.
“He cried while he wrote, just as audiences in Europe had cried while he sang,” according to Wikipedia.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :