Jewish rapper Matisyahu goes bottle blonde
JERUSALEM (AFP) — Matisyahu, the ultra-Orthodox US Jewish rapper with bushy beard and sidelocks who shocked fans by shaving it all off last year, has surfaced in Jerusalem with a new bottle-blonde hairdo.
The 32-year-old singer, known for performing his unique blend of Jewish songs with hip hop and reggae beats, has long been known for appearing on stage in the traditional black suit and trademark facial hair of Hassidic Jews.
In December, he shocked fans with a new, clean-shaven image in a posting on Twitter.
And now, the former hirsute Hassid is now sporting an altogether new image, with bleached blonde hair and an almost unrecognisable casual look, sporting combat pants, a brown leather jacket and open-toed army boots, an AFP correspondent said.
The singer, who arrived on Tuesday for a three-day visit to shoot a new music video, was filming on Thursday in the Old City's main tourist market, a member of his entourage told AFP.
They had earlier spent time filming in Zedekiah's Cave, an underground quarry that dates back more than 2,000 years and stretches under the Old City walls in an area between Damascus Gate and Herod's Gate.