pole-pole festival Gent-Belgium 25th July 2004
Down in Jamaica, where Garvey comes from many groups and musicians started in the early seventies like the mighty Joseph Hill. But they are no where to be found today. Like the spirit of the Lord is upon Joseph Hill, for the past thirty years, nothing at all could stop him from spreading his message against war, oppression, crime, discrimination, poverty, racism, corruption and injustice. Last year 2003, he came out with "world peace" album seeking peace worldwide and rejecting war totally. On July 25th 2004, after performing live, he granted this interview to The Voice Magazine Belgian Correspondent.
TV: I have to call you Sir Joseph Hill. Let's rally round Jehovah's throne. I have some few questions to ask you today.
Joseph: You are welcome. (Then he smiled)
TV: It was in the seventies, I heard of Culture. Can you please tell what has inpired you to be in this hard music industry for all these years?
Joseph: It's Jah (refering to God) that gives me the strength. Always feel that there is something in watchout. For my self, I love to play for the people. They are also part of my inspiration. These are what have inspired me through out these years.
TV: You have been singing all you life about corruption, oppression, war, poverty, discrimination, crime and so on. Were you a victim to such things in any circumstances?
Joseph: There are people I saw in comparison in various countries. Yes!yes!!yes!!! I have seen people die and not a word of justice is been said. Think of the person's life. It is priceless. My last grief I had. There was this woman in Afghanistan, separated from the land. They treated her so bad that she and her child were eating grass."G R A S S- grass".(Joseph moved with sorrow spelt the word grass)
TV: Your lyrics and beats in every song of Culture, touches and moves every one on the road of trials and tribulations. Where do you get such wonderful rhythms and lyrics from?
Joseph: The big man that rules the earth. He is the governor.(He laughed)
TV: You were in Sierra Leone, when the war was at its peak, with brutal activities of the rebels. Did your visit created any impact or brought a change to the suffering masses?
Joseph: Yes, my visit brought a change. When the people saw me, they don't know what to say. They just cried and cried. You know the rebels told the government that "You should be glad that Joseph is here. If you he wasn't here this place would be destroyed within 24 hours. Imagine. I just came back from there few weeks ago"