Thursday, November 27, 2008

Matisyahu Revisited

Just over a year ago, I wrote about the amazing Hasidic Jew, Matisyahu, and his excellent blend of reggae, hip hop and African music. Now a guy named David has written to me and asked for a link to his blog, Matisyahu co dot UK. I do not usually participate in these link swaps but a quick look at David's blog has convinced me that it is well worth it.

He has a lot of information and material on Jewish culture that aids in understanding the phenomenon that is Matisyahu. Even more importantly, from my point of view, he has included a fancy little widget through which one can listen to Matisyahu's album, Chop Em Down. This is pure quality from beginning to end and I urge you to have a listen.

The emphasis has shifted clearly to reggae and Matisyahu brings his musical development to it in his inimitable way. The lyrics have always been excellent but there is a new and polished feel to his backing musicians that reflects their confidence and talent. The result is a depth and texture to the music that is quite striking, particularly in this genre.

Matisyahu has remained true to his roots too and every song has that profound spirituality that has always been so fascinating in his music. This is the driving force behind the quality of the music and it is wonderful to see it improving all the time.

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