CONCERT REVIEW: Infected Mushroom and Matisyahu

Matisyahu's infectious mix of dub and reggae blended right in with Infected's trance sound.

February 16, 2010 17:19
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Matisyahu. (photo credit: PR)

Infected Mushroom and Matisyahu
Exhibition Grounds
Tel Aviv
February 11

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.

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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 while."

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 and meaningful."

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