South By South-Best: Deva Mahal

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Monday March 26, 2018

From JamBase

South By South-Best: Notable Sets Of SXSW Music 2018
By: David Schultz

Deva Mahal: The daughter of blues musician Taj Mahal nearly broke the hearts of the Miles Davis House day party with her smoky, cabaret-style rendering of Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own.’ Breaking down twice herself, Mahal pulled off what every contestant on American Idol or The Voice tries to do: revel in the majesty of a song. Mahal doesn’t follow in the blues-funk footsteps of her father. Even with the Dap Kings’ Binky Griptite sharing the stage, she primarily kept her repertoire to torch songs with simple keyboard accompaniment. Like the rest of the audience, Griptite simply stood mesmerized by the young singer’s voice.

Read about the rest of the performances here