Shalom Life | January 26, 2015

Matisyahu's Olympic Anthem a Hit

Hasidic reggae star's hit "One Day" impacts all nations.

By: Derek Kreindler

Published: February 28th, 2010 in Culture » Music » News

Matisyahu's Olympic Anthem a Hit

Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu’s hit single “One Day” owes much of its success to being selected by NBC for use as its Olympic anthem for the 2010 Winter Games.

Matisyahu, who has performed twice during the Games, recently revealed that he had athletic aspirations before deciding to become a musician. “I made that decision when I got kicked off my hockey team when I was 14 for being a pothead!” said the 30 year old reggae singer. “That's when I decided to go with music. I had a little bit of a bad reputation in high school, and my hockey coach wasn't so into that. At the time it really crushed me, it was really hard for me.”

Matisyahu said that he didn’t write “One Day” with the Olympics in mind, but its adoption by NBC has brought him immense joy. “There was a moment I had where we were singing one day, playing one day and I looked out into the audience and saw all the different flags and different countries. I got this utopian feeling, even though everyone is coming together around sports.”

Matisyahu said that “One Day” connects with athletes in particular, due to the fact that they are “healthy-minded individuals and holistic kind of people.”

Rush Announces 40th Anniversary Tour, Could Be Their Last Rush Announces 40th Anniversary Tour, Could Be Their Last TrendingAdam Sandler and Lena Dunham Discuss OCD on ‘Late Late Show’ [VIDEO] Adam Sandler and Lena Dunham Discuss OCD on ‘Late Late Show’ [VIDEO] TrendingSeth Rogen Clears Up ‘American Sniper’ Nazi Comments, Apologizes Seth Rogen Clears Up ‘American Sniper’ Nazi Comments, Apologizes Trending
 

Startup Club: Forewards

January 26, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Startup Club: Forewards

We speak to the CTO of the budding Toronto-based marketing company

Read More

Dutch Jews Want Army Troops Positioned Outside Synagogues

January 23, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Dutch Jews Want Army Troops Positioned Outside Synagogues

Calls from Jewish leaders come in the wake of Hyper Cacher attack near Paris

Read More

Saudi Arabia Blames Israel for anti-Semitism at First UN Conference on anti-Semitism

January 23, 2015 | By JNS.org
Saudi Arabia Blames Israel for anti-Semitism at First UN Conference on anti-Semitism

Ambassador Abdallah al-Mouallimi cites Israeli "occupation" as reason for the rise in anti-Semitism

Read More

Report: Miss Lebanon Will not Be Stripped of Title After Selfie with Miss Israel

January 23, 2015 | By Ynet News
Report: Miss Lebanon Will not Be Stripped of Title After Selfie with Miss Israel

The beauty queen was heavily criticized by the Arab world after appearing in a photo with Doron Matalon

Read More

Rush Announces 40th Anniversary Tour, Could Be Their Last

January 23, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Rush Announces 40th Anniversary Tour, Could Be Their Last

The band is hitting 34 cities across North America.

Read More

Adam Sandler and Lena Dunham Discuss OCD on ‘Late Late Show’ [VIDEO]

January 23, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Adam Sandler and Lena Dunham Discuss OCD on ‘Late Late Show’ [VIDEO]

Maria Bamford and Judd Apatow also share experiences.

Read More

Seth Rogen Clears Up ‘American Sniper’ Nazi Comments, Apologizes

January 23, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Seth Rogen Clears Up ‘American Sniper’ Nazi Comments, Apologizes

'The Interview' actor explains the intention of his controversial tweet

Read More

Artist Paints Lovely Portrait of Mark Zuckerberg, Using His Own Feces

January 23, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Artist Paints Lovely Portrait of Mark Zuckerberg, Using His Own Feces

The Facebook CEO is, again, the subject of Brooklyn-based KATSU's art

Read More

More Headlines