BLUES ICON AND FRENCH ROCK STAR TO RECEIVE JAMES W. DODGE AWARD AT 2006 LANGUAGE CONFERENCE

Taj Mahal and the late Carole Fredericks, siblings and natives of Springfield, Massachusetts, will be presented with
the prestigious James W. Dodge Award at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL)
to be held in March 2006. The Award recognizes Ms. Fredericks posthumously for her music career in France and
the subsequent language units based on her biography and recordings that were developed in the United States after
her death in 2001. Throughout his career, Mr. Mahal has combined blues music with French and African languages
to bring an ever more diverse listening audience to the genre. Both artists are being recognized for their combined
career contributions to promoting the advantages of learning a second language. Taj Mahal is the guest entertainer
and will perform at NECTFL’s Opening Session.
The Award will be presented before the performance on Friday,
March 31, 2006, 10am at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.