Taj Mahal

My mother was American, and my father was from the Caribbean, and there was a big open door into the world of humanity and music.Taj Mahal

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The song of the blues, the song of the music, was something a lot of people missed out on. They thought they had to swagger a certain way or bark at the mic, and you don't have to do that.Taj Mahal

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In looking out into the world, it didn't look all that nice out there. And who were the nice people? Certainly Mahatma Gandhi was.Taj Mahal

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I didn't want to fall into the trap of complacency.Taj Mahal

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I wanted to keep pushing the musical ideas I had about jazz, music from Africa and the Caribbean.Taj Mahal

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I wanted to explore the connections between different kinds of music.Taj Mahal

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I enjoy music wherever it's coming from.Taj Mahal

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I don't care if it's somebody else's song. Most of the time, you'll find that I'll put my own stamp on it. But I started writing more because, you know, it's easy to regurgitate what somebody else is doing, but it's exciting to be able to come up with your own writing.Taj Mahal

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I'm old enough to chew my peas and corn without choking.Taj Mahal

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If what you're talking about is seeing someone perform, then I'll have to say that in the rhythm-and-blues side of things, seein' Otis Redding live was it, you know?Taj Mahal

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As a kid, I always felt connected to Africa; it was something I was very proud of.Taj Mahal

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I was always looking for evidence of these common musical roots, but I was too young to know that what I was doing was called ethnomusicology.Taj Mahal

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It's very interesting, the dynamics of popularity. When you do something all the time, you don't worry about whether it's trendy or not.Taj Mahal

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If the Rolling Stones are playing a concert across town, that's not my audience anyways. But I do find that there's a lot of people coming back around to see me again.Taj Mahal

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What you have to understand is that blues... it's in a line from the oldest forms of African music. If you're playing it like it's an echo of the past, it would be a lot less exciting, but this music lives today.Taj Mahal

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As a solo performer, it's total involvement. What I do is to break down the wall between audience and performer.Taj Mahal

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I see myself as a composer who plays music and likes to play with other people, and not just as a solo artist.Taj Mahal

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I don't need the credits for playing the blues and paying the dues. I've already done it. There are some other things to do here - movies and scores and voice-overs.Taj Mahal

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The one thing I've always demanded of the records I've made is that they be danceable.Taj Mahal

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My parents grew up during the Harlem renaissance.Taj Mahal

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My grandparents on my father's side came to this country from the Caribbean with a strong connection to Africa and no shame about it.Taj Mahal

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As I got more involved in music, one of the things that made me excited, from the time I was a child, was that clear link between our ancestors and the sounds we hear today.Taj Mahal

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I'm perceived as someone who goes out and searches for new music, but it was all present in my household.Taj Mahal

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All the music that I play today, I actually heard either at home or in my neighborhood when I was growing up in the '40s and '50s.Taj Mahal

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More and more people are finally realizing that in the heart of America, there's all this incredible music that wasn't widely heard before because it wasn't in the interest of those who feel they have to control the taste of the wider public.Taj Mahal

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I pretty much move around wherever I like.Taj Mahal

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As a youngster, my parents made me aware that all that was from the African Diaspora belonged to me. So I came in with Caribbean music, African music, Latin music, gospel music and blues.Taj Mahal

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I was always taught that Latin, Caribbean people were cousins to me, as well as blues was a cousin to me, as well as Africans were direct relatives to me. It was all a part of my language.Taj Mahal

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The blues is played everywhere. There's no place I've been where they don't have blues or aren't interested in blues.Taj Mahal

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I'm always cracking up when I hear what people think I should be doing.Taj Mahal

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