Jamaican reggae artist Kenyatta rocks Malawi

Penelope Paliani-Kamanga
Blantyre – Malawi’s commercial capital on Wednesday came to a standstill when Jamaican reggae artist Kenyatta Hill of Culture landed at Chileka International Airport.
Kenyatta is the son of legendary singer and songwriter, Joseph Hill, of the famous roots reggae trio, Culture.
Kenyatta was welcomed by veteran musician cum-politician, Lucius Banda, as well as a huge crowd of reggae fun lovers and Rastafarians.
The reggae artist was scheduled to perform in Blantyre on June 2 at Mibawa multi-purpose hall and on 3 June the fans will go to Lilongwe, the capital city where he will perform at Civo Stadium.
On performing at Mibawa, the fans have since expressed concerned over the venue saying it is too small. They wished the show should have been at Kamuzu stadium.
Musician Banda, Skeffa Chimoto, Black Missionaries, Anthony Makondetsa and Soul Raiders will be among of the supporting artists.
Kenyatta’s career began the day his father’s ended. Joseph Hill collapsed and died in Germany 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 – 19 shows in all – until the tour was complete. This was unheard of in any genre of music at any time.
According to online reports, 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!”
Culture, featuring Kenyatta, continues to share the wisdom of Joseph’s conscious reggae overlaid with Kenyatta’s own lively and youthful musical vision.
Influenced by elements of dancehall, 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,” (Tafari Records), 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 as he sang the song on stage.
 – additional reporting from online sources.


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