Jorge Ben is definitely one of my favourite artists of all time. The few records of his that I found on my trip to Brazil are some of the most prized pieces of my modest vinyl collection. When I saw that Brazilian experimental producer Psilosamples had uploaded a Jorge Ben remix of ‘Taj Mahal’ I was initially a bit worried. As soon as I pressed play, my fears were drowned in a wave of bouncy vocals samples, delicate percussion, and guitar chops.
This Psilosamples remix is a fantastic reworking of a classic track from Brazilian musical history. The song ‘Taj Mahal’, which first appeared on Jorge’s 1972 album ‘Ben‘, is one of his most famous works and was composed as a dedication to acclaimed American blues musician Taj Mahal. In 1979, Taj Mahal returned the musical dedication with a track titled ‘Jorge Ben’ on his album ‘Live & Direct‘ with The International Rhythm Band. The song is also notorious due to Rod Stewart stealing the melody for his 1978 hit ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’.
Also check out these 2 versions by the master Jorge Ben himself. The first is the original from ‘Ben’ in 1972, and the second is from ‘Africa Brasil’ in 1976.