Album review
Live In Africa
24 - 10 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. I Tried
  2. Pay Day
  3. Addis Ababba
  4. Tribal war
  5. Won't Somebody
  6. Ganja Time
  7. Legalisation
  8. Revolution
  9. Disobedient Children
  10. Down In Jamaica
  11. Money Girl
  12. Rally Round
  13. Trust Me
  14. Jah Jah See Them A Come
  15. Jah Rastafari
  16. International Herb
  17. Get Ready
  18. Never Get Weary Yet
  19. Too Long In Slavery
  20. Two 7's Clash
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

The initial vocal trio Culture was formed by lead vocalist Joseph Hill and harmony singers Albert "Randolph" Walker and Kenneth Paley. Joseph Hill had already recorded the sublime "Behold The Land" (included on this live album as well) for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One imprint in 1972. Their 1977 released "Two Sevens Clash" set is their most celebrated album to date. After this release the trio entered an extremely prolific period in their career, recording excellent albums and 12" singles. The original Culture line-up split up in 1982, and since Joseph Hill - as a solo performer or with additional backing vocalists, but always using the name Culture - has enjoyed considerable success with a string of quality roots albums. Culture released 'Good Things' on RAS Records in 1989, with the inclusion of four dub tracks. Their relationship saw full fruition with their 1996 release 'One Stone' and the dub accompaniment 'Stoned'. With well over a dozen weeks on the CMJ New World chart, reaching the number one spot for reggae albums in England, and the release of their music videos 'Addis Ababa' and 'Riverside', it was clear that there was no stopping them. Next, Culture released the phenomenal 'Trust Me' to rave reviews throughout the world, and followed up soon afterwards with the live Culture album, 'Cultural Livity: Live Culture ’98', an album which gives a very warm memory to those familiar with their high-energy performances. With quality releases such as 'Payday' and the VP release 'Humble African' Joseph Hill stays right on top. The current line-up includes Kenneth Dayes’ replacement Talford Nelson joining Albert Walker on backing vocals, while Joseph Hill continues to shine on the lead.
On December 14th, 2000, Culture, Burning Spear and the Wailers all arrived in South Africa to perform three shows organized by Justin Engels of the label/distributor Revolver Records. Although Culture had performed in many African countries before, this would be the first time in South Africa. December 15th was the night when the crowd of 10,000 witnessed the upfull vibes and powerful spirit of Joseph Hill c.s. as they delivered a string of awesome Culture tunes. The first half of the show concentrates on the recent Culture releases, but in the second half of the show Joseph Hill delivers some of his strongest tunes from the 70s, and the disc closes with an extended version of Two 7's Clash. The band must have been inspired by the righteous vibes coming from the audience, as an eyewitness stated that he had never seen before that people were jamming together as one like this.
Check it out...good vibes and good music are the keywords to this album.
The show was also documented on video and is available on DVD as well.

Teacher & Mr. T.