By: Joseph Cunningham

matisyahu.jpgBillboard Magazine has revealed its Top 10 reggae artistes of 2007. The listing sprung one major surprise, with Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew from Pennsylvania, USA, being rated as the Billboard Reggae Artiste of the Year! Apparently the decision is based on sales and downloads of the artistes' music plus airplay in the US.

In 2006, Matisyahu released the album titled "Youth," that was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category for that year. The artiste admits getting inspiration from reggae acts such as Luciano Barrington Levy and Morgan Heritage and most of his songs are just about entirely in English with just a few words of Hebrew and Yiddish sprinkled in.

With a reggae vocal style along the lines of traditional Rasta Roots mixed with dub sounds, Matisyahu's track production is comparable to King Tubby, Augustus Pablo, Mikey Dread, and Linval Thompson.

Billboard Top 10 Reggae Artistes

1. Matisyahu
2. Bob Marley
3. Stephen Marley
4. Damian 'Jr.Gong' Marley
5. Sean Paul
6. Bob Marley & The Wailers
7. Collie Buddz
8. Buju Banton
9. Notch
10. Beenie Man