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Pepperdine Hosts Grammy-nominated Artist Matisyahu


Grammy-nominated reggae and hip-hop artist Matisyahu will perform a special acoustic show on Sunday, Apr. 7, at 7 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu. Pepperdine's Judaic Cultural Awareness Club, along with the Center for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, will host an evening celebrating the Jewish culture.

The evening will begin at 5 p.m., with an exclusive "Convosation" with Matisyahu, exploring his Judaism and its connection to his music, including time for audience Q&A (students with IDs will receive convo credit).

At 6 p.m., a Chinese kosher food truck will be set up in the parking lot prior to the concert. To end the night with a bang, Matisyahu will perform a one-hour acoustic concert in Firestone Fieldhouse. Tickets, which are $5, must be purchased ahead of time on Eventbrite.

The evening is also sponsored by The Inter Club Council, The Office of the President, The Glazer Institute for Jewish Studies, The Office of InterCultural Affairs, The Convocation Office, and Lani Netter Productions.

Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds, Matisyahu's 2005 single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the United States. Since 2004 he has released four studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and two DVDs featuring live concerts. In addition, Matisyahu played the role of Tzadok in The Possession, a supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and coproduced by Sam Raimi. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell reggae producers Sly & Robbie, and Kool Kojak.

The Judaic Cultural Awareness Club was founded in 2009 at Pepperdine University with the purpose of "informing and educating the Pepperdine student body of Judaic ideals, morals, traditions, customs, values, to provide context and insight into the Hebrew Bible." In the past semester, we built a Sukkah on campus bringing seventy-five students together to celebrate Sukkot with Rabbi Judith HaLevy, hosted Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel who brought over two hundred students together to hear different perspectives of Judaism, and held a kosher event discussing the ancient and contemporary dynamics of keeping kosher. We strive to hold a variety of events that speak to each student in a different way.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the concert's Eventbrite Web site.

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