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Matisyahu performs with viral video singer at LA concert

Kekoa Alama gets invite after Jewish American singer hears him performing ‘One Day’ at Maui cafe, unaware the star is listening

Matisyahu (left) and Kekoa Alama perform together at the Hollywood Palladium in California on August 12, 2016 (screen capture: Facebook)
Matisyahu (left) and Kekoa Alama perform together at the Hollywood Palladium in California on August 12, 2016 (screen capture: Facebook)

A Hawaiian musician performed with Jewish American singer Matisyahu in California on Friday night, after scoring an invitation when the star caught him singing one of his songs in a Maui coffee shop last month.

Singer and ukulele player Kekoa Alama joined Matisyahu onstage at the at the Hollywood Palladium, thanks to his stirring rendition of the song “One Day.”

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

On Friday night, the artists began with a duet of “One Day” before seguing into Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry.”

Kekoa Alama live with Matisyahu.

Posted by Stu Brooks on Friday, August 12, 2016

Matisyahu posted a video on Facebook a week before the performance announcing that he had invited Alama to sing with him. Alama responded by saying that as he had violated his probation and was “on the run” from police, he could not leave Hawaii.

Matisyahu said he would help Alama to perform, as Alama was “trying to create love and light for the world.”

Calling Kekoa (the Maui Cofffee Shop Kid) to see if he will fly out to LA to sing One Day Live at the Palladium on the 12th.

Posted by Matisyahu on Friday, August 5, 2016

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

Update on our friend Kekoa Alama,Maui coffee shop bruddah,Will be joining us to sing "One Day" with us on the 12th @ the Hollywood PalladiumMatisyahu #oneday #matisyahu #hawaii #maui #beautifulstory #redemption

Posted by Stu Brooks on Monday, August 8, 2016

In the late July video from Maui that went viral, Alama sings without knowing that the man sporting a red and black checkered shirt and long blonde locks who is accompanying him is actually Matisyahu himself.

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=8&v=RCtsOHTHTCQ

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