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Taj Mahal's ancestral music

Nicholas Jennings, Eye Weekly, 18 July 1996

TAJ MAHAL was deep into the pan-African diaspora long before anyone dreamed up the term "world music." Blues, ragtime, calypso, reggae, Mandinka soul from West Africa—he's played it all over the course of some 35 albums. His latest, Phantom Blues (Private/BMG), even delves into Fats Domino and Ray Charles-style R&B.

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