Taj Mahal is widely known as a Blues artist, but in the TAJ LP he incorporates a lot of World Music and Calypso sounds. His father, a West Indian musician, probably influenced some of his island sound compositions. Mahal was born in Harlem in 1942 and eventually wound up in California where he formed a band with Ry Cooder (who some say is the father of Post-Rock music). Throughout his career he experimented with many types of genres, settling on a meld of World, Blues, Country, and Jazz styles. He’s studied ethnomusicology at the University of Massachusetts which has enabled him to take a scholarly approach to his music.