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Taj Mahal
Background information
Birth name Henry Saint Clair Fredericks
Born May 17, 1942 (1942-05-17) (age 77)
Harlem, New York, United States
Genres Blues
Occupations Musician, Songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1964–present
Associated acts Rising Sons
Website tajblues.com

Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, better known by the stage name Taj Mahal (born May 17, 1942), is an American blues musician. He has been performing and recording since 1964 and is still popular.

Selected discography

  • 1968 – Taj Mahal
  • 1968 – The Natch'l Blues
  • 1969 – Giant Step/De Ole Folks At Home
  • 1971 – The Real Thing
  • 1971 – Happy Just To Be Like I Am
  • 1972 – Recycling The Blues & Other Related Stuff
  • 1973 – Oooh So Good 'n Blues
  • 1974 – Mo' Roots
  • 1975 – Music Keeps Me Together
  • 1976 – Satisfied 'N Tickled Too
  • 1976 – Music Fa' Ya (Musica Para Ti)
  • 1977 – Brothers (Soundtrack)
  • 1977 – Evolution (The Latest)
  • 1983 – Take A Giant Step
  • 1986 – Taj
  • 1991 – Mule Bone
  • 1991 – Like Never Before
  • 1993 – Dancing The Blues
  • 1993 – An Evening of Acoustic Music
  • 1993 – The Source by Ali Farka Touré (World Circuit WCD030 / Hannibal 1375)
  • 1995 – Mumtaz Mahal (with V.M. Bhatt and N. Ravikiran)
  • 1996 – Phantom Blues
  • 1997 – Señor Blues
  • 1998 – Sacred Island (with The Hula Blues Band)
  • 1999 – Kulanjan (with Toumani Diabaté)
  • 2000 – Shoutin' In Key
  • 2001 – Hanapepe Dream
  • 2003 – Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues – Taj Mahal
  • 2003 – Blues with Feeling
  • 2004 – Musicmakers with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 49)
  • 2004 – Etta Baker with Taj Mahal (Music Maker 50)
  • 2005 – Mkutano Meets The Culture Musical Club Of Zanzibar
  • 2005 – The Essential Taj Mahal

Awards

Taj Mahal has received two Grammy Awards (nine nominations) over his career.

  • 1997 (Grammy Award) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Señor Blues
  • 2000 (Grammy Award) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Shoutin' in Key
  • 2006 (Blues Music Awards) Historical Album of the Year for The Essential Taj Mahal
  • 2008 (Grammy Nomination) Best Contemporary Blues Album for Maestro

On February 8, 2006 Taj Mahal was designated the official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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