World Café: Matisyahu

Fri, 08/21/2009 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
World Café host David Dye
On Friday, August 21 at 2 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5. Hasidic reggae phenom, Matisyahu, stops by the World Café to preview music from his forthcoming album, Light
Born in 1979 as Matthew Miller, Matisyahu lived the hippie lifestyle as a teenager, eventually dropping out of high school to follow Phish on one of their massive national tours.
But after a trip to Israel awakened his spiritual side, Miller spent time in the American West, taking in the wonders of nature — and honing his music and lyrical skills. It marked a major turning point for him, and provided the inspiration that led to his new career as Matisyahu, the Hebrew form of "Matthew."
The result would have been hard for anyone to predict: a 25-year-old man dressed in traditional Orthodox syle — flat-brim black hat, white shirt, a beard — winning fans with an energetic display of his two passions: dancehall reggae and Judaism.
World Café launched in 1991, and since then Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show, now syndicated on more than 185 public radio stations across the United States. Every week, Dye brings out the best in interviews with internationally known artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and Joni Mitchell. He introduces a half-million listeners each week to newcomers like Damien Rice, My Morning Jacket, and Coldplay.
Pictured: World Café host David Dye