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Keb’ Mo’ at Bluesfest [Music]

Posted in Music with tags , , on July 31, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Keb‘ Mo’s mellow musings entertained us during our first act at the festival.

Born in Los Angeles in the 1950’s, his appreciation for Blues and Gospel gave him the motivation he needed to start his musical career playing the steel drums in a calypso band. From there, he moved to play in a variety of blues bands as a singer, as well as playing guitar and harmonica.

In 1994, he released his self-titled debut album, “Keb‘ Mo’“. This is the album that turned me onto Keb‘ Mo’, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for harmonious lyrics, a soulful voice, and an all-around good listen.

Taj Mahal at Bluesfest [Music]

Posted in Music with tags , , on July 31, 2008 by The Quintessential Geek

Following Keb‘ Mo’ as the second act of Ottawa Bluesfest was Taj Mahal. I am of course referring to the great Blues master, not the rapper of the same name (although it is strangely ironic, as indicated below). A talented musician, Taj Mahal can pluck the banjo and steel guitar like there is no tomorrow.

He is also greatly involved in the African-American grassroots blues movement, and has iterated publicly his disappointment regarding rap music in African-American culture circles. On this subject, he is quoted as saying, “Eighty-one percent of the kids listening to rap were not black kids. Once there was a tremendous amount of money involved in it . . . they totally moved it over to a material side. It just went off to a terrible direction.

Politics aside, it is very refreshing to hear such a pure and original banjo-plucking, guitar-picking, all-around awesome singer!