The collaboration between Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal and Bonnie Raitt perform Tajs Done Changed My Way of Living on NBCs The Today Show.
The collaboration between Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal was a success. The two musicians had an undeniable chemistry that brought out the best in each other. Their duets were the heart of the show. They showcased their playful, animated sides as they growled the blues and joked with each other.
When they toured together, the addition of influential blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin and other musicians added depth and richness to their sound. They made a memorable performance. Playing for example the calypso-flavored “Wah She Go Do”. This feminist anthem about cheating that Raitt sang with Mahal providing backing vocals and maraca percussion, showed their willingness to reach back into the past to create something new and fresh. Overall, Raitt and Mahal’s collaboration was a testament to the power of two great musicians. They come together to create something special.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Taj Mahal recently accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association. He said that “This is one of the most powerful and wonderful things that could happen in life.”
No matter how the Taj Mahal music is classified, two things seem crucial to it. Listeners like it regardless of their everyday musical sympathies and are deeply rooted in blues. “… There are many varieties of music, but you always need a cornerstone on which you can then build everything. And this stone is just acoustic blues. “- said Taj Mahal years ago.
Undoubtedly, this timeless, bluesy dimension of his art made him become an inspiration for the greatest legends of worldwide popular music. Rolling Stones invited him to the famous Rock’n’roll Circus, Duane Allman of the Allman Brothers simply based his playing style on the guitar parts heard in the recordings of the first Mahal band – Rising Sons, and Eric Clapton still accepts his every invitation to collaborate.