Saturday, July 30, 2005

Orthodox Jews jam, rock, and rap

Matisyahu is "the world's first Hasidic Jewish reggae star." An interview and performance on World Cafe.

Reva L'Sheva is apparently the orthodox answer to the Grateful Dead. Follow the "hear music" link to listen to recordings.

Both come from a culture of messianic "hippie orthodox Judaism" (Matisyahu's phrase). Cool, huh?


Blogger the sad billionaire said...

Hmm. The strange link between Jews, "jam" music, and reggae. Has anyone constructed a proper geneaology of this phenomenon?
I guess it is no surprise that jewish kids would get into a band with a Lesh, a Weir and a Kreutzmann. Throw in a goldstein and you've got a minyan!
But what's up with the Jewish reggae connect? Was Alpha Blondy really sponsored by the Hadassah/WIZO to improve Israeli/jamaican relations? This could be bigger than the Plame scandal, I think.

3:01 AM  
Blogger mzn said...

A scandal for the Jamaicans or the Jews, SB?

As for the jam band scene, don't forget about that Phish tune Suzy Greenberg.

Neither of these things surprise me in the least. In the late 80s, you weren't allowed on the bus to Jewish summer camp without a cassette tape of Legend and a steal your face hackey sack.

2:53 PM  

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