Sunday, February 19, 2006

Matisyahu Hasidic Reggae Superstar

Funny, He Doesn't Look Jamaican

Chart-Topping Matisyahu Wants to Be More Than Just a Hasidic Reggae Superstar

By Teresa WiltzWashington Post Staff WriterSunday, February 19, 2006; N04

Backstage at Madison Square Garden, Matisyahu cuts a striking figure, more rabbinical than reggae, 6 feet 3, all Talmudic beard and tzitzit fringe, shaking hands with the men, smiling at the women, saying, yes, yes, hopefully, one day soon, he'll be the one headlining. God willing .
Just minutes before, he was onstage, rapping and beatboxing, singing praises, bouncing like Bob Marley. Folks in this mostly white crowd of college kids were standing in their seats, arms in the air, jamming to the beat. Hollering. Not a bad way to debut at the Garden, especially for an opening act with an unusual concept -- a Hasidic reggae singer.

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