He even recorded an album of standards with Indian masters Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Ravi Kitran in 1995 before sitting in on a legendary take of "Fishin' Blues" on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's third Circle collection.
The man has his disciples. One such follower is Corey Harris, a 32-two-year-old globalized blues pioneer who makes good on Mahal's ideas by employing West African musical veterans alongside Sharde Thomas, granddaughter of fife legend Othar Turner, on his 2003 release, From Mississippi to Mali. Catch them both at the Cradle. Tickets are $22.50. For more information, visit catscradle.com.