“He’s a musical archaeologist who does more than preserve history. He makes it contemporary.” – The New York Times on Taj Mahal
The performance of World Blues is made possible, in part, by performance benefactors Munroe and Becky Cobey.
World Blues is a celebration of the global influence of American blues music, as seen from three distinct points of view and three international points of origin.
Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening features the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the modern rock ’n’ roll of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj Mahal’s daughter, Deva Mahal, of New Zealand.
In his five-decade career, Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal has evolved into a master of global styles, from Mississippi Delta blues to Hawaiian stylings to African rhythms. He is the thread that binds this remarkable evening of music.
Fresh from their collaborations on Vusi’s latest album, Taj and Vusi explore the intersection of African and American musical forms; and with Fredericks Brown, it’s clear that Taj has influenced yet another generation, taking blues to new and exciting places.