In what’s beginning to look like a yearly holiday event, Matisyahu returns to South Florida to fill our warm winter evenings with sumptuous religious reggae. The Jewish rapper and singer, best known for his hit single “One Day,” was also here last December for the tenth anniversary of his album Live at Stubb’s. This time, Matisyahu, or simply Matis, is looking forward. The 37-year-old Grammy nominee released a five-track EP last month, Release the Bound, featuring collaborations with electronic artist the Polish Ambassador and Colombian pop duo Salt Cathedral, and plans to drop a full-length in 2017. It’s his first new music since 2014’s Akeda and continues his experimentation with sounds and musical styles.
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Though he no longer is a freshly minted "Hasidic reggae superstar," Matisyahu is still a talented artist who simply wants to share some positive jams with the world. For example, in August, a viral video found him singing “One Day” with a coffee-shop musician who had no idea he was harmonizing with the song’s creator. It was a genuinely cool moment followed by free tickets and a memory that’ll last a lifetime (or longer on the internet). We might not all get the chance to duet with Matis, but there’s no doubt he wants Miami to come out this week and engage in one giant sing-along.