Brighton is putting on some seriously great Reggae acts at the moment, with Yellow Man, U Roy, Jah Shaka, Mad Professor, The Abysinnians, Misty in Roots and Black Uhuru all due to play here in the next few months. Tonight it’s Culture, who have been around since 1976 and are probably best known for their 1977 album “Two Sevens Clash”, a classic album championed by rastas and punks alike.
The three main members are Telford Nelson, original member Albert Walker and Kenyatta Hill taking over from his father Joseph who died in 2006.
Their band (drums, bass, two keyboardists) are The Ras-ites, the go to guys for backing up any Reggae acts visiting from Jamaica. They open the show with an instrumental tune before introducing the vocalists.
Culture have recorded something like twenty albums, so there’s a wealth of material to draw from. Kenyatta performs the main vocals, with the other two members providing the close harmonies. It’s good to hear this kind of rootsy singing and their universal messages of peace and love have a timeless quality that sound relevant to any decade unless you’re a hopeless cynic.
They give assured performances in front of an appreciative crowd and the finale of ”Two Sevens Clash” is the perfect way to end the set. A good vibe both on and off stage, this was an assured set from musicians who clearly love what they do.