Taj Mahal – Jorge Ben (1979)

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Taj Mahal

Blues musician Henry Fredericks is better known under his stage name Taj Mahal. He polarises traditional blues fans for his love of world music influences. Like many others, Fredericks was charmed by the experimental work of Tropicalia and samba funk hero Jorge Ben. In 1976, the Brazilian released the acclaimed África Brasil that features ‘Taj Mahal’. Taj Mahal/Fredericks and his International Rhythm Band would sample the song’s famous riff for his 1979 response track ‘Jorge Ben’. Featuring on their Live & Direct album, the track has a transcending groove and a touch of steel drum that should bring in some much needed sun this weekend.

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4 thoughts on “Taj Mahal – Jorge Ben (1979)

  1. JB says:

    No mention of Rod Stewart’s “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” here ? Rod donated the royalties to UNICEF

  2. Lex says:

    I couldn’t imagine listening to this with snow on the windowsills but luckily it’s 23 degrees here. 🙂

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