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Matisyahu and race: Is it okay for white Jew to sing reggae?
Chicago Jewish News ^ | 3-30-06 | Liel Leibovitz

Posted on 03/30/2006 6:09:47 PM PST by SJackson

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To: SJackson

His music ROCKS.


21 posted on 03/30/2006 6:37:50 PM PST by cyborg (I just love that man.)
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To: Lancey Howard
Somebody told me that "Matisyahu" is the Hebrew "Matthew".

Yes, the patriarch of the Maccabee family. Some might transliterate it a little differnetly.

22 posted on 03/30/2006 6:39:44 PM PST by SJackson ([Iraq] Reconstruction isn’t news is it? Chris Matthews)
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To: SJackson

I see this stuff on MTV and it is certainly better that rap.

Reminds me of Snow's song "informer"
(i have an mp3 of the Snow song if anyone is so inclined)


23 posted on 03/30/2006 6:43:08 PM PST by Toby06 (Thank you.)
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To: Scribbz
Matisyahu wears Old World "Jewface," and in so doing, becomes "black."

from the article you cited.

The writer of that article sounds like he had a preset story, based on some personal prejudices, and wasn't about to let any facts get in his way - lot of that going around in what masquerades as journalism these days - speaking of wearing a face other than reality.

In the meantime, back to the original article and the phrase: "...thorny questions about cultural appropriation.”

So are we going to legally regulate who can sing what music? Is it just me, or does this whole thing send a chill whiff of control that goes beyond even socialism?

24 posted on 03/30/2006 6:43:46 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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To: Lancey Howard
As an irrelevant aside, though Judah Maccabee and his father Matisyahu are probably best known, his brother Jonathan was the first to definitively conquer Gaza and bring it under Israeli rule.
25 posted on 03/30/2006 6:43:48 PM PST by SJackson ([Iraq] Reconstruction isn’t news is it? Chris Matthews)
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To: cyborg

So true!!!! We have been listening to it in our office for way over a year now....very positive and uplifting music.


26 posted on 03/30/2006 6:48:11 PM PST by BossLady (Let's Buy Mexico And Get It Over With Already.....)
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To: BossLady
very positive and uplifting music.

ah HA~

That's the problem. ;o)

I went on the link and listened to a couple - and I gotta say - I liked it! Of course his lyrics are uplifting and encouraging, from what I heard, for kids to stand tall and make the right decisions - maybe that's another problem?

(by the way, I'm a grandmother of 15 - so what does an ole lady know...

27 posted on 03/30/2006 6:54:54 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("...BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME." Lincoln)
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To: SJackson

Maybe the dude just like the music. Here's a list of classical composers of African descent. Are they stealing my whiteness?


28 posted on 03/30/2006 7:04:23 PM PST by Dead Dog
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To: SJackson
What complete and utter claptrap. All musical and art forms are enriched when various cultures take things from one another and put their own spin on them. That's how Turkish designs morphed into Art Nouveau. The Beatles were neither black nor Texan, but they blended influences ranging from old blues singers to Buddy Holly to create a whole new sound. Apparently, whining leftist music critics like this and call it "multi-culturism" when it's practiced by performers they like, and condemn it as "cultural appropriation" when it's done by performers they don't like.

I went to North Texas State, one of the premiere music schools in the country, in the late '70s, and most of my friends were music majors. I remember how they always used to ridicule Rolling Stone music critics because they said you could tell they knew nothing at all about music. They reviewed albums based on the trendiness of the band's image or how leftwing their lyrics were, but they couldn't even describe anything musical in accurate terminology. They were, in short, ignorant, arrogant, self-absorbed wankers. Sounds like this guy would fit right in.

29 posted on 03/30/2006 7:13:21 PM PST by HHFi
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To: HHFi

"multi-culturism" = "multi-culturalism." I type badly when I'm P.O.ed by idiots.


30 posted on 03/30/2006 7:14:08 PM PST by HHFi
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31 posted on 03/30/2006 7:16:33 PM PST by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 1-9)
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To: maine-iac7
The writer of the Slate piece definitely forgot where the Bible came from.

Bob Marley would be embarrassed to associate with the writer ~ I think he'd like this guy.

32 posted on 03/30/2006 7:20:22 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: SJackson
Rastafarianism is a black supremacist religion.

Interestingly enough, the "skinhead" movement traces its roots back to Jamaican reggae music.

33 posted on 03/30/2006 7:25:00 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: SJackson

The writer from slate is an idiot. Matisyahu ROCKS!


34 posted on 03/30/2006 7:29:10 PM PST by yooling (I don't have anything nice to say...)
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To: SJackson
Race, he said, is certainly an important factor, but it is not the only one. “I sense that sometimes there are claims of racial essentialism,” he said, “that are somehow going to trump other forms of identity status. We’re always grappling with authenticity. Rather than isolate the debate solely in terms of racial dynamics, I’d take it to the question of reggae, and ask, ‘Is it legitimate or authentic in that context?’

Yeah. These are exactly the same questions I have whenever I hear Kathleen Battle beautifully sing Rossi arias or Yoyo Ma exquisitely play Bach on his cello.

NOT!
35 posted on 03/30/2006 7:30:00 PM PST by Captain Rhino (If you will just abandon logic, these things will make a lot more sense!)
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To: HHFi
call it "multi-culturism" when it's practiced by performers they like, and condemn it as "cultural appropriation" when it's done by performers they don't like.

Exactly. Reminds me of something a nice Jewish boy named David Lee Roth once said: The reason music critics like Elvis Costello is because they look like Elvis Costello.

36 posted on 03/30/2006 7:41:58 PM PST by Huck
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Yeah. These are exactly the same questions I have whenever I hear Kathleen Battle beautifully sing Rossi arias or Yoyo Ma exquisitely play Bach on his cello.

Excellent point, but the cretins who call themselves pop music "critics" wouldn't know Kathleen Battle if they tripped over her.

37 posted on 03/30/2006 7:43:20 PM PST by Huck
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To: SJackson

Got him spooled up on the Dell Jukebox now. Awesome.

38 posted on 03/30/2006 7:48:46 PM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: Scribbz

I have always loved reggae and ska music (and yes, I am a white guy) and I think Matisyahu is terrific! Not only are his messages uplifting but his music is really good. I play it at work on my PC interspersed with Bob Marley and the Maytals and none of my co-workers (who are largely black guys) have caught on that OMG, this is a white Jewish guy with a beard! I see nothing wrong with his "appropriation" of the reggae style. Rock on!


39 posted on 03/30/2006 8:00:52 PM PST by Sender (As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. Be without form. -Sun Tzu)
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To: SJackson

My kids love him.


40 posted on 03/30/2006 8:35:29 PM PST by Nachum
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