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Taj Mahal

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New York City (1964 – present)

Taj Mahal (born Henry Saint Clair Fredericks in New York City on May 17, 1942) is an American Grammy Award-winning blues musician who incorporates elements of world music into his music. A self-taught singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, banjo and harmonica (among many other instruments), Mahal has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music over the course of his 50 year career by fusing it with non-traditional forms, including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific.

After college, Mahal moved to Los Angeles and formed the group Rising Sons with Ry Cooder in 1964. The group signed with Columbia Records and released one single and recorded another album which was not released by Columbia until 1992. Taj, frustrated with the mixed reaction to his music quit the group and went solo. Still with Columbia, he released a well received, self titled album in 1968, and based on its success released a second album, Natch’l Blues that same year. Two very different records - Giant Step, with his electric band, and solo De Ole Folks At Home - were released in 1969 together as a double album. This firmly established Taj as an American blues original. The double album The Real Thing, captured him live at this time, with a horn section.

He has received two Grammy awards in the category “Best Contemporary Blues Album”, the first in 1997 for Señor Blues, and again in 2000 for Shoutin’ In Key.

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  • evanisreallyok

    Play the blues.

    3 May 4:57am Reply
  • AnarchyKM

    Hey Taj: Recognize my pic? Come home, I miss you! Aloha

    12 Mar 2:42am Reply
  • Swordfisherman

    Hey young fella ain't it about time for a new album? I reckon a lot of people luv Taj on Last fm.

    14 Feb 7:18pm Reply
  • sensei-one

    I was at a drive-in, yeah a drive-in, in 67 and heard on the radio a song sung by a Taj Majal. Wow. Had to buy and forever listen to the Taj!!!!

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Carragher

    Пока подъезд под кашей, Тадж Махал, не спеша шит ебашит [5] не смог не повторить [3]

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • trueeisenherz

    great - always!

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
  • florecita6

    So Good!! :)

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DaJuWi

    phantom blues & senor blues are two absolutely amazing albums, what a great artist!

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Innooooooo

    Moscow show was incredible!

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • bgk90

    Man I love his voice, thank you Rolling Stones Rock n' Roll Circus and Arthur for pointing me towards this early on

    29 Jan 2013 Reply
  • paulbd

    I'm going to admit. I am listen through his discography, and the reggae phase was kind of a surprise to me.

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • genegir

    Пока подъезд под кашей, Тадж Махал, не спеша шит ебашит [4] не смог не повторить [2]))

    30 May 2012 Reply
  • lewlew00

    Queen Bee should be in the top 5!

    4 May 2012 Reply
  • sexytrunk

    Пока подъезд под кашей, Тадж Махал, не спеша шит ебашит [3]

    30 Apr 2012 Reply
  • amseager

    Пока подъезд под кашей, Тадж Махал, не спеша шит ебашит [2] не смог не повторить)

    27 Mar 2012 Reply
  • stasap

    LOVE Mr. Mahal! Three of the very best live performances I have ever had the pleasure to attend. He played with The International Rhythm Band one of the three shows. Wow! That's about all I can say.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • VK1990

    Corinna

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • dvl2

    Seen him at the Chicago blues festival back in the 90's. he was the absolute best.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • SmokinWickerman

    Saw a local band do a cover of Queen Bee, unfortunately there cover was more preferred but great that I found about Tag Mahal now :)

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • juninhosje

    very very very very very very very very good!!!!!!!

    13 Oct 2011 Reply
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