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Taj Mahal at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, September 1997

HENRY ST. CLAIR FREDERICKS named himself Taj Mahal with good reason: he's a monument who can dance with an easy grace and joyful lightness delightfully surprising for a man his size. By the same token, that big frayed voice sounds like a blunt instrument until you realise that he hits every target – each note, each emotional nuance – with absolute, pinpoint accuracy.

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