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Infected Mushroom and Matisyahu
Last Thursday night at Tel Aviv's Exhibition Grounds, Infected Mushroom
welcomed both Matisyahu and The Friends of Natasha for a mix of electro
trance and fusion that enchanted the fans.
Before the show, Amit Duvdevani, better known as Duvdev, chatted with
The Jerusalem Post
about The Legend of the Black Shawarma
, the band's
latest release, and his return home. "Israel always has something that
brings me back," Duvdev said as he swigged on a bottle of Goldstar. For
now, having settled in the US, he added, he "won't be coming home for a
Despite the bad news for the home front, the excitement Duvdev feels
playing here was readily apparent on Thursday. He leapt up and down,
belting out the words of new tracks and crowd favorites with an energy
rarely seen in artists on long drawn-out world tours. His face lit up
when he sang with The Friends of Natasha, as if he was reuniting with
an old friend he hadn't seen in a long time. The crowd moved furiously
to the beat.
The rock and metal influence that is present on Infected's latest album
bizarrely fused with their latest import to their music- Matisyahu.
When the rapping hassid jumped onto the stage on Thursday night, the
already excited crowd went wild.
Matisyahu's infectious mix of dub and reggae blended right in with
Infected's trance sound. When they performed the new song "One Day"
from Matisyahu's latest album, Light, the crowd, composed mainly of 19-
to 20-year-olds, was electrified.
Matisyahu's moments on stage with Infected were all too brief, but the
Post learned that more shows may be forthcoming. Reappearing after
briefly breaking for evening prayers and a bite to eat, Matisyahu told
the Post that "if G-d wills, I should be settled semi permanently in
Israel by this time next year."
For Matisyahu, who performed bopping up and down in his Nike's and
tzitzit, these sorts of collaborations are a real opportunity to bring
something more "spiritual, and connect people to what is more positive