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Taj Mahal & The Hula Blues Band – Live From Kauai

Album Review

Veteran blues fusioneer’s feel-good home state show

One of the blues' great maverick voices, on the face of it Taj Mahal has simply done what many graduates of the 60s blues boom have done: married the genre with other popular forms. But few have branched out in quite such a startlingly original way as Henry St Clair Fredericks Jr. And if he is widely hailed as one of the first bluesmen to incorporate world music into his sound, his move to the distinctly un-bluesy Pacific island of Hawaii in 1981 has made for some even more unlikely musical hybrids.

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