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About Taj Mahal

REG partners had the pleasure of working with Taj Mahal at the Blues Music Awards.

One of the most prominent figures in late 20th century blues, singer/multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal played an enormous role in revitalizing and preserving traditional acoustic blues. Not content to stay within that realm, Mahal soon broadened his approach, taking a musicologist's interest in a multitude of folk and roots music from around the world — reggae, Caribbean folk, jazz, gospel, R&B, zydeco, various West African styles, Latin, even Hawaiian. The African-derived heritage of most of those forms allowed Mahal to explore his own ethnicity from a global perspective and present the blues as part of a wider musical context.

Yet while he dabbled in many different genres, he never strayed too far from his laid-back country blues foundation. Mahal's concept seemed vindicated in the '90s, when a cadre of young bluesmen began to follow his lead — both acoustic revivalists (Keb' Mo', Guy Davis) and eclectic bohemians (Corey Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart).

In 1997, Mahal won a Grammy for Señor Blues.