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Sunday, February 25, 2024 - 7:30-9p

Taj Mahal and Sona Jobarteh

Taj Mahal and Sona Jobarteh

Sunday night we have two shows by two extraordinary artists.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, ethnomusicologist, and award-winning artists. His music includes elements of Afro-Caribbean music, blues, folk, hula, funk and other influences.

Taj is a living legend, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, ethnomusicologist, and award-winning artist whose music includes elements of Afro-Caribbean music, blues, folk, jazz, other influences. Quantifying his significance is impossible, but his Grammy tally to three wins and 14 nominations, and underscored his undiminished relevance more than 50 years after his solo debut. Blues Hall of Fame membership, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association, and other honors punctuate his résumé. Taj appreciates the accolades, but his motivation lies elsewhere.

I just want to be able to make the music that I’m hearing come to me -- and that’s what I did,” Taj says. “When I say, ‘I did,’ I’m not coming from the ego. The music comes from somewhere. You’re just the conduit it comes through. You’re there to receive the gift. Taj Mahal

Listening to Taj Mahal is like being connected to the source of America music, where the raw energy of field hollars flowed into the reverie of early jazz, the grooves of rhythm and blues, the church-derived cadences of soul music and the rhythms of West Africa, via New Orleans and the Caribbean.

Sona Jobarteh

Sona Jobarteh will perform with her band. Sona is the first professional female Kora virtuoso to come from any of the West African Griot dynasties, breaking entrenched gender stereotypes that had long restricted instruction on the instrument, a 21 string African harp, to males.

This is music when you hear it, it still, to this day, carries this feeling of the empire at its greatest. You get that feeling of royalty, you get that feeling of, you know, something that you're so proud about. Sona Jobarteh

She is dazzling. Her virtuosity and riveting joy-filled performances have brought her world-wide attention. She has appeared at the Hollywood Bowl Jazz Festival, the SF Jazz Festival, Symphony Space in New York City, and was profiled on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in November, 2022.

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024
  • 7:30 - 9:00 pm (1.5 hrs)
  • Annenberg Theatre
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  • BUY TICKETS - $295 - $60

    Taj Mahal and Sona Jobarteh

    7:30 - 9:00 pm (1.5 hrs)

    Sunday, February 25, 2024

    • $60 - Rear & Center Orchestra: Premier & General Admission
    • $295 - VIP Front Orchestra
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    Reserved front orchestra seating for all four shows plus dinner:

    - Herb Alpert and Lani Hall - Sat Feb 24: 8:00 - 9:30 pm

    - Taj Mahal and Sona Jobarteh - Sun Feb 25: 7:30 - 9:00 pm
    - Smoke Tree Ranch Dinner - Sun Feb 25: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

    - Lance Conrad Trio - Sun Feb 25: 5:00 - 7:00 pm STR
    - Veronica Swift - Sun Feb 25: 2:00 - 2:30 pm
    - The Cookers - Sun Feb 25: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Celebrated blues legend Taj Mahal brings his glorious voice and virtuosic multi-instrumentalism to this uniquely powerful evening of new world music.

    Taj Mahal website 
  • Joining the Taj Mahal Quartet is Gambia’s griot kora sensation Sona Jobarteh. Witness the alchemy of African griot traditions and American blues in this special evening.

    Sona Jobarteh website 

    Enjoy the show plus dinner at Smoke Tree Ranch with a VIP ticket. A rare opportunity to get a glimpse inside this private enclave.

    Delicious dining as you take in the desert air and scenic views. Jazz beats provided by the Lance Conrad Trio. Includes VIP tickets to all four shows.

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"It's hard to imagine a more eclectic musician than Taj Mahal. In a storied career that spans well over 55 years, Taj...has constantly defied any and every preconceived musical boundary."

- American Songwriter

"That sublime mix of traditional Delta blues, front-porch finger-picking tunes and funky soul that Taj Mahal can whip together like just about no one else out there."

- San Francisco Chronicle

"Sona Jobarteh is Africa's first female griot kora virtuoso, and also a fine singer and composer, blending traditional music, blues and Afropop to impressive effect."

- The Guardian United Kingdom

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