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Taj Mahal is credited with helping popularize American blues over the course of his five-decade career.
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June 30, 2013 The Massachusetts-born, San Francisco Bay Area-based guitarist and singer has mixed styles since he first came on the scene in the late 1960s. A new 15-CD set traces his career from the beginning; NPR's Laura Sydell visits some of his old Bay Area haunts with him.
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April 30, 2013 Taj Mahal's influences are drawn from many places around the world, from California to Africa to the Pacific Islands. But in this Mountain Stage performance from 1995, he pays tribute to his roots.
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November 28, 2008 Taj Mahal's new album, Maestro, celebrates an illustrious career, mingling original work with genre classics and songs written by some of the many artists he's influenced, including Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley and Los Lobos. Hear a session from WXPN.
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June 20, 2003 National Black Music Month continues on The Tavis Smiley Show as the great ambassador of the blues, Taj Mahal, picks his three favorite blues albums.
June 16, 2003 Modern torch songs with Cassandra Wilson; the gloomy, introspective Lisa Germano; Christopher O'Riley's piano transcripts of Radiohead; have a day with The Polyphonic Spree; Doo wop pioneers The Ravens; and the Stagger Lee story from Taj Mahal.
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