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Maui ukulele player gets legal break to perform with Matisyahu

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Maui ukulele player who unwittingly sang a duet with reggae artist Matisyahu will be performing with the singer in Hollywood.

But making the opportunity happen required help from Maui's top prosecutor and public defenders. A judge is allowing Clint Alama to fly to Los Angeles and back while temporarily released from jail, where he's being held on a probation violation after convictions for assault and other charges.

Prosecutor John Kim says Alama must return after Friday's concert or risk going to prison.

Matisyahu and his bassist Stu Brooks were at a Maui coffee shop recently when they heard Alama strumming the singer's hit "One Day." Matisyahu sang along, while Alama seemed oblivious to his signing partner's identity.

Alama - who turned himself in to police earlier this week after a warrant was put out for his arrest - revealed his legal problems when they invited him to Hollywood.

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