O Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a world icon of blues music, composer, multi-instrumentalist and two-time Grammy winner. It is one of the most important and influential personalities of blues music in the 20th century. His career began more than forty-five years ago in the genre of American blues, but gradually broadened his artistic scope on music around the world – from West Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Taj Mahal was born Henry ST. Claire Fredericks in Harlem in 1942. He grew up in Massachusetts in a musical family. His father was a jazz pianist and composer, his mother sang in a gospel choir, and soon began himself to sing and play several instruments. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles, where he formed the band Rising Sons with guitarist Ry Cooder. They opened a number of important musicians and young Taj is thus familiar with many blues legends. Soon also released the first three plates Mahal (1967), The Natch’l Blues (1968) and Giant Step (1969). 70, 80 and 90 He spent years of diligent touring the Taj or the issuance of many unique and daring albums. From that time is also the author of the three plates for children to mark Music For Little People. For the album Señor Blues in 1997 won the first Grammy. At that time they also deepened his interest in world music – Indian, Hawaiian and African music. In 2000, Taj has won a second Grammy, this time for the album Shoutin 'In Key. Eight years later issued a retrospective record Maestro: Celebrating 40 Years with many guests to the 40th anniversary of his music career.