Washington Times: Matisyahu Transcends Boundaries

Last week, I interviewed Matisyahu for the Washington Times in advance of his concert at the 9:30 Club tonight. As you may know, Matisyahu was famous for being the Hasidic reggae superstar (and perhaps the only such reggae superstar) but last year, moved away from Hasidism and debuted a new look and new sound. I enjoyed chatting with him about his career path and recent transformation, and what it means for his music.

Matisyahu, meaning “Gift of God” in Hebrew, takes his name from the Jewish priest who, in the second century B.C., led the Jews in revolt against their oppressors in Jerusalem.

This being Washington, I had to ask him about his take on the conflict in Gaza between Israel and Hamas. He had some important things to say about it, as well as the effect of his music on people of all faiths. Click here to read the whole thing.

And, if you’re looking for something to do tonight, tickets are still available! I have no doubt it will be an uplifting evening.



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