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Posted by Richard on February 3, 2006

Apparently, Matisyahu has been around for a while (signed a record deal last spring), and has gotten a fair amount of online buzz and media attention — including appearances on Jimmy Kimmel, David Letterman, and Craig Ferguson (where I saw him the other night).

But he’s new to me. Maybe you, too. And he’s something you don’t see every day: a Hasidic reggae singer. Yes, really:

Hasidic Reggae? Hasidic Reggae. In the crowded New York reggae scene, Matisyahu literally stands out like no other. Beyond his versatile voice which ranges from sweet and fluid, to rough and rugged, he’s a very unexpected face; standing over six feet tall, wearing the traditional garb of a Hasidic male. With his long beard and black hat, this 24-yr-old lyricist, MC, and beatboxer is a singular performer, whose power, poetry, and skills combine the sounds of Bob Marley and Shlomo Carlebach, yet remaining wholly original.

Check out this clip at IFILM of his Jimmy Kimmel appearance and see what you think. I kinda like it. Kurticus Maximus liked it, too, and he’s way smart.

Matisyahu’s record company is called JDub Records, which also has an interesting band called Balkan Beat Box

Blending electronic music with hard-edged folk music from the Balkans, North Africa, and the Middle East, the exciting and internationally acclaimed collective Balkan Beat Box is out to prove that all the world is indeed a stage — and that we are all gypsies.

Equally influenced by Boban Markovic, Rachid Taha, and Fanfare Ciocarlia as well as Manu Chao and Charlie Parker, Balkan Beat Box presents a wild mixture of styles and sounds. 

Give them a listen, too. It’s fun stuff!

Oh, yeah — and if you go to the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, June 16-18 in Manchester, Tennessee, you can see both Matisyahu and Balkan Beat Box! Along with a fellow named Tom Petty and a few others.

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