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..of Matisyahu and Siti Nurhaliza

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I was searching for fusion music the other day. And then I came upon to these confusing music by this group called Matisyahu.

The concept of the music was so different. Ever heard of the Hasidic Jewish and reggae songs. I was startled and confused with that different mixture of the lyrics promoting believing in God and love.

This song called “King without a crown” was a bit different A lot different. With its echoic ghettoly ambience of the music. Pelik.

It captured reggae and also with different approaches toward Jewish sounds. This was not some cheap Christian-rock band. This Matisyahu was really a fusion music.

Excerpt from Wikipedia.

Matisyahu is the Askenanzi Hebrew and  Yiddish pronunciation of the Biblical name Matthew (מתיתיהו, often shortened to מתתיהו in Modern Hebrew). The Modern  Jewish pronunciation is Mātityāhu. In Ancient Hebrew, it would have been pronounced Mātiþyāhu/Mātithyāhu or Motiþyāhu/Motithyāhu. The name evolved to “Matthew” through early Church Latin-speakers (accounting for the spelling Matityahew).

The name means gift of God

This song promotes God. Pelik for a reggae music.

And then one more thing

In an interview with, a popular Jewish website, Matisyahu states that “All of my songs are influenced and inspired by the teachings that inspire me. I want my music to have meaning, to be able to touch people and make them think. Chasidism teaches that music is ‘the quill of the soul.’ Music taps into a very deep place and speaks to us in a way that regular words can’t.”

This guy really understand the music and the teachings he has lived for.

And for Siti Nurhaliza, I guessed, the music she brought was sincerely from hers. Not for the religion that she is in.  It’s fair fo me to say this, because that is what she has portray in her music.

Quality voice with good and quality songs, but lacking that personal insight into religion Al-Islam.

Radical, for a music appreaciator like me. But the hassle that she brings, it blinded the people (The Malaysian) of the sufferings people in Palestin and Israel are having. ALlah-hu-akbar.

Dying and yet smilling. Its like a beatiful jail.

.. of Matisyahu and Siti Nurhaliza..



Written by M Khairul Z

July 18, 2006 at 3:48 pm

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