Hawaiian musician plays with Matisyahu in California gig

(JTA) — The Hawaiian musician who was seen in a video performing the Matisyahu song “One Day” in a Maui coffee shop unknowingly with the ex-Orthodox reggae star performed with him onstage in California.

Singer and ukulele player Kekoa Alama appeared onstage Friday night with Matisyahu at the Hollywood Palladium in California.

A clip of the performance was posted on the Facebook page of Matisyahu’s manager Stu Brooks.

The artists began together with Matisyahu’s hit “One Day” and segued into Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.”

Matisyahu in a video posted his Facebook page a week earlier had invited Alama to perform with him. Alama responded to the call saying he had violated his probation and is “on the run” from police, which would prevent him from leaving Hawaii. Matisyahu said he would help Alama to perform in the show since Alama is “trying to create love and light for the world.”

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In a video posted Aug. 8 on Brooks’ Facebook page, Matisyahu announced that following a conference call with the judge in the case, Alama’s probation officer, the public defender and district prosecutor, Alama had permission to perform in the concert.

In a video from late July that went viral, Alama did not know he was singing with Matisyahu, who was sporting a red and black checkered shirt and long blonde locks.

At the end of the song, Matisyahu asked Alama, “You know who wrote this song?” and pointed to himself, leading to expressions of disbelief from Alama.