Blues Musician, Singer-Songwriter, and Multi-Instrumentalist
Taj Mahal is a singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist. Recording and touring for over five decades, he has reshaped the definition and scope of the blues by infusing exotic sounds from the Caribbean, Africa, and South Pacific. Mahal formed his first band, the Elektras, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he studied agriculture. Later, he formed the Rising Sons, a six-piece outfit that included Ry Cooder, and most recently he performs with the Taj Mahal Quartet. Mahal has recorded 30 studio albums and appeared on many more. A two-time Grammy winner, he received the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement for Performance Award in 2014, among others.