Last week, Matisyahu crafted a touching viral moment by singing “One Day” with a busker in a Maui coffee shop. At the time, Clint “Kekoa” Alama didn’t know he was performing a Matisyahu song alongside the real Matisyahu. He certainly does now, as the reggae-rap musician arranged to forego a $50,000 warrant to have him join his band at its Hollywood Palladium concert Friday night (Aug. 12).
Stu Brooks, Matisyahu’s bass player, producer and musical director -- already a jack of all trades -- has been the one orchestrating Kekoa’s “supervised release” from a Hawaii jail. “Late night Sunday, Kekoa texted me saying, ‘Hey in custody need to go to court ASAP if possible,’” Brooks tells Billboard. “At that point I felt the weight of the situation and sort of wondered, What exactly have I gotten myself involved in?”
After their chance encounter (Matisyahu was in Maui for the annual MayJah RayJah Music Festival) Kekoa and Matis’ camp first discussed a follow-up performance via a Facebook Live chat, where the 27-year old busker revealed his legal complications. He’d turned himself in earlier this week and was being held on a probation violation after convictions for assault and other charges. But country prosecutor John D. Kim was willing to grant him a concession.