Era: 1979 – 1989


Live in Direct – Direct to Disc Live recording
Taj Mahal and The International Rhythm Band Personal: Taj Mahal, Kester Smith, Bill Rich, Rudy Costa, Juma Santos, Robert Greenidge
Taj said “There were only 3 minutes between tracks. You were recording Live, so you had to throw down! It was wild! This was cutting edge recording at the time”
The quality of this recording is the result of the “Direct To Disc” recording process. This compact disc was digitally mastered from the original master lacquer cut at the recording session, capturing the complete and unedited musical performance.

First African Tour – Taj Mahal & The International Rhythm Band
1st State Department Tour sponsored by Jimmy Carter Administration
Taj Mahal International Rhythm Band Personnel: Taj Mahal, Kester Smith, Bill Rich, Rudy Costa, Robert Greenidge Juma Santos

Itinerary: Niamey, Niger; Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Kinshasa, Zaire; Bujumbura, Burundi; Kigali, Rwanda; Brazzaville, Congo; Nairobi, Kenya; Libreville, Gabon; Ndola, & Kitwe, Zambia; Douala, Cameroon; Monrovia, Liberia; Banjul, Gambia; Dakar, Senegal.
*Note: Taj Mahal’s song “Fishing Blues” was used in advertising campaign for Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Re-Election campaign.


Blues BrothersTaj Mahal version of “She Caught the Katy” opening song in the movie Blues Brothers.

Starring Cast: John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin to name a few.


Conjure – Compilation – Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed 1985
Kip Hanrahan using texts from the contemporary author Ishmael Reed, distributes the composing duties to everyone from Lester Bowie to Taj Mahal to Allen Toussaint, mixes a heady instrumental gumbo, and allows things to percolate to a fine boil.
The cast of musicians is certainly of all-star quality, but special mention should be made of trumpeter Olu Dara for some heart-rending beautiful playing, Taj Mahal for his wonderful, raspy vocal delivery, and the entire cast of percussionists, astounding in their diversity of attacks.

1985 Music Credits

  • Various Artists – Conjure: Dobro, Guitar,Guitar (Electric), Vocals

1986 Music Credits

  • Rory Block – I’ve Got a Rock in My Sock: Harmonica


Taj – recorded on Grammavision Records
This CD reflects again, how diverse Taj’s sound really is. You can travel the world in one cd.
Track Listing: Everybody is Somebody, Paradise, Do I Love her, Light of the pacific, Deed I do, Soothin’, Pillow Talk, Local Local Girl, Kauai Kalypso, French Letter

Personnel: Taj Mahal, Jeanette Acosta, Wayne Henderson, Ray Fitzpatrick, Larry McDonald, Babatunde Olatunji, Ralph McDonald, Robert Greenidge, Ozzie Williams, Kester Smith, Chris Sission, Tony Jones, Fred Lunt, Jessie “Ed Davis” Kenny Lee Lewis, Reggie Luccas, Rudy Costa, Ron Brown, Fernando Pullman, Larry Gittens, Garnett Brown, Ben-Zamin (Duane) Melody McCully, Pamela Vincent, Joyce Wilson

1987 Music Credits

  • Rory Block – Best Blues & Originals: Harmonica
  • Noble Watts – Return of the Thin Man: Guitar


Taj’s first children’s cd

Shake Sugaree released on Music for Little People
This cd brings music from multiple cultures to both young and old.
A collection of folk tunes and nursery rhymes both old and new.
Special tribute to folk music legend Elizabeth Cotton.
Track Listing: Fishin blues, Brown girl in the Ring, Light Rain, Quavi Quavi, Shake Sugaree, Funky Bluesy ABC’s, Talkin John Henry Railroad bill, A soulful tune, Little Brown Dog.

1988 Music Credits

  •  Various Artists – Folkways: A Vision Shared: Guitar (12 String), Piano Accompanist


Peace Is The World Smiling released on Music for Little People
Taj Mahal, Peter Alsop, Babtundi Olatunji, Pete Seeger and more
This is a collection of works presented by concerned musicians, poets and storytellers. It includes a rainbow of heart-touching as well as humorous songs from beautiful ballads to upbeat island sounds, all tuned to the key of peace.

1989 Music Credits

  • Various Artists – American Children: Bass, Guitar
  • Various Artists – Christmas Guitars:
  • Various Artists – Peace is the World Smiling: Vocals

images-8Taj Appears In:

1981 Maintenance Shop Blues: Taj Mahal [doc]

1987 The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains [TV]
           Actor: Prisoner

1989 The Mighty Quinn [movie]
          Composer of musical score