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In 2006 the group (Culture) continued to draw good reviews, especially for their performance at 'Bob Marley 61st Birthday Celebration' in Ghana.
Joseph Hill and Culture developed a reputation as a performing group after a performance at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in 1978, and was soon regularly touring around the world. In recent years the group continued to perform at least one hundred concerts each year. Hill was a presence on stage - part deejay as he directed his band to reconfigure songs on stage and part teacher as he commented on Jamaican history and current political issues.
What made Culture unique was that Hill always tempered his messages by having a smile on his lips and a dance in his feet. He was never without a good joke at hand.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller called him a "towering representative of our homegrown idiom, reggae', and lauded his "gritty melodious voice, keen ear for harmony, earthy humour, stylish dress and electrifying performances".
"Joseph Hill, your train is bound for glory, rest well, my inspiration," Prime Minister Miller intoned passionately.
Significantly, Hill was not content to let Culture be a mere oldies act. In his last years he had recorded duets with Buju Banton and Anthony B, and demonstrated a wish to be faithful to his roots and a contemporary artist.
Unfortunately Marley never had the chance to showcase his stage masterly having succumbed to cancer on May 11, 1981 aged only 36.A lot of Marley songs have been re-recorded by different artists to add a modern taste and they come out ever electrifying.