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Blues Legend Taj Mahal with Special Guest, Americana Artist Leyla McCalla

Musician Taj Mahal playing before live audience
8 pm - 9:30 pm ET
8 pm - 9:30 pm ET
Online Event

March 27
NYU Steinhardt Artist-in-Residence, Blues musician Taj Mahal, with Special Guest, Americana artist Leyla McCalla feature: 71 Generations: A Musical Exploration of the Griot and Pan-African Traditions. The discussion will be moderated by Krystal Klingenberg, Ph.D., Curator of Music, Division of Culture & the Arts, National Museum of American History.

What we now call “roots music” has its beginnings in traditions that span hundreds of years, roots that tend to be overlooked as time passes. Taj Mahal and Leyla McCalla will discuss, explore, and demonstrate the musical foundations of the vast majority of the Western popular music of the past 100 years. 
Tune in for the March 27, livestream.

March 28
Taj Mahal and Leyla McCalla feature: The Music That Made Me: A Song Swap. In performance and discussion, Taj Mahal, joined by Leyla McCalla, will trace the music that influenced his profoundly influential career. They will be joined by select NYU Steinhardt Songwriting students for a most musical event.
Tune in for the March 28, livestream.

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