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Living History Live: Celebrating Taj Mahal’s 80th Birthday

In celebration of his 80th birthday, the GRAMMY Museum is thrilled to welcome multi-GRAMMY Award winning and multi-genre traversing legend Taj Mahal for an intimate conversation moderated by Scott Goldman. The conversation will explore his incredible career and new music including the critically acclaimed recent album release Get On Board featuring Taj Mahal alongside former Rising Sons band mate, Ry Cooder. The event will also feature a live performance by Taj Mahal. Living History Live is presented by Iron Mountain Entertainment Services.

Taj Mahal has found the blues in sounds across the entire global sonic landscape. A brilliant artist with a musicologist’s mind, Taj has pursued and elevated the roots of beloved sounds with boundless devotion and skill. He has traced origins to the American South, the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere, and has created entirely new sounds, over and over again. 

As a result, he’s not only an icon to rock-and-roll legends such as The Rolling Stones, but also a hero to ambitious artists, who are determined to combine sounds that have been mistakenly ostracized from one another. No one is as simultaneously traditional and avant-garde as Taj Mahal. 

“The blues is bigger than most people think,” Taj Mahal says. “You could hear Mozart play the blues. It might be more like a lament. It might be more melancholy. But I’m going to tell you: the blues is in there.”

Taj is a towering musical figure — a legend who transcended the blues not by leaving them behind, but by revealing their magnificent scope to the world. Quantifying the 80- year-old’s significance is impossible, but people try anyway. A 2017 GRAMMY win for TajMo, Taj’s collaboration with Keb’ Mo’, brought his GRAMMY tally to three wins and 14 nominations, and underscored his undiminished relevance more than 50 years after his solo debut. Blues Hall of Fame membership, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, and other honors punctuate his résumé.

Taj appreciates the accolades, but his motivation lies elsewhere. “I just want to be able to make the music that I’m hearing come to me — and that’s what I did,” Taj says. “When I say, ‘I did,’ I’m not coming from the ego. The music comes from somewhere. You’re just the conduit it comes through. You’re there to receive the gift.”

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