"World Blues" Featuring THE TAJ MAHAL TRIO, VUSI MAHLASELA & FREDERICKS BROWN
Sunday, November 3rd at 7pm
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$35 Upper Balcony / $50 Members / $55 / $75 Preferred Seating
“World Blues” is a celebration of American blues music’s global influence, as seen from three very diverse points of view and three international points of origin. Anchored by iconic folk-blues legend Taj Mahal, the evening will also feature the soulful South African blues of guitarist/vocalist Vusi Mahlasela and the more modern rock and roll perspective of Fredericks Brown, a band featuring Taj’s daughter, Deva Mahal, who hails from New Zealand. This tour will be the first time these artists have performed all together on one stage.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and two-time GRAMMY winner Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late twentieth-century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world: West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands, and many other places.
“Taj can make his guitar sound like it’s crying, pleading, hoping, laughing. A true virtuoso. . . .”
—New York Blues & Jazz Society
Folksinger, world troubadour, and widely celebrated poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela recorded his first album When You Come Back twenty years ago. The title track instantly became an anthem in South Africa and Mahlasela soon became known as “The Voice,” as his country fought hard to end the brutal apartheid regime that had divided it since 1948.
Mahlasela grew up in the Mamelodi Township, just outside of Pretoria, where he still resides today. He built his first guitar from a cooking oilcan and fishing line and taught himself how to play. In 1976, his political education began as he witnessed the devastating massacre of more than two hundred black South Africans in the Soweto Uprising. Mahlasela responded through his music, inspiring other musicians and listeners around him.
“Vusi is an outstanding performer and songwriter, a very interesting musical personality.”
“Mahlasela is a simple yet powerful storyteller with a strong penchant for memorable hooks.”