Matisyahu: Hasidic Reggae Hip-Hop Rocker

Matisyahu – Reggae’s Hasidic Hip-Hop Rocker

Interview, Show Review, and Photos by Jan Salzman

Matisyahu- Nokia, LA Photo Jan Salzman

Dec. 7, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – Matisyahu is an American reggae, rock, hip-hop performer and an Ashkenazi Jew. His name is the Hebrew and Yiddish pronunciation of the Biblical name, Matthew. Matisyahu means Gift of God. Born Matthew Paul Miller, June 30, 1979, in West Chester, PA, his family finally settled in White Plains, NY, where he grew up in a multi-cultural blend of humanity.

Known for combining Jewish themes with reggae, rock, and hip-hop sounds, he is most recognizable for being a Hasidic Jew. Continue reading