This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1994.
Culture, one of reggae music's most admired and respected vocal trios, returns to
town for a performance Tuesday night at Mississippi Nights.
In a brief conversation prior to a recent show in San Francisco, lead
singer/songwriter Joseph Hill discussed, among other things, the current tour.
"Things are going very, very nicely," explained Hill. "It's going to be a nine week
extensive tour and we've been on the road for about a month now.
"The people in America continue to be receptive and one thing I have noticed, in
particular, is that the consciousness continues to rise. People who have been in possession
of this have always realized it, and we do our best to help spread it."
Hill formed Culture in 1976 and the group's debut the following year, the
prophetic "Two Sevens Clash," remains as one of the greatest reggae albums ever made.
"That record I've never stopped loving," Hill reminisced. "Myself, [harmony
singers] Albert [Walker] and Kenneth [Dayes] made that during an intense period in
reggae music and it's still in much demand today."
Original member Dayes just recently left the group and has been replaced be
Reginald Taylor. Dub Mystic has been slated to be the backing band and reggae great
Pablo Moses is scheduled to open the show.
"Dub Mystic, they're a great band put together; I would never explain where they
are from because that's not important, as long as they can do the work. And Pablo Moses,
that's a surprise 'cause we're not touring together but that would be irie. That would make
for a tremendous show.
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