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Deva Mahal

Blues and soul singer from Hawaii and based in New Zealand

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Deva Mahal

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Deva Mahal, a singer and songwriter with roots in the blues and power in her voice and style. Today's song is one her father, an accomplished singer and musician in his own right, to be sure, made famous in 1969. Deva makes the song her own, giving it an urgency and strength that elevates it above a mere cover.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to a review by Will Schube on Bandcamp Daily.


"Take a Giant Step" by Deva Mahal
2018 | Blues and soul singer from Hawaii and based in New Zealand


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Deva Mahal’s [2018] album ends with a song called “Take a Giant Step,” which was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and covered by a host of artists over the years—including her father, blues giant Taj Mahal. But rather than sticking faithfully to any previous iterations of the song, Mahal takes the title as an instruction, using the track to demonstrate her formidable pop skills. It opens with a jazzy guitar progression before Mahal locks into a tight duet with a subtle organ line. Her vocals on the song are breathtaking, and her take on “Giant Step” is inspirational without ever becoming saccharine, with an invigorating guitar solo that kicks open the door into a final, triumphant chorus. That ease and skill shows up throughout Run Deep: instrumental interludes become vibrant plays on old spirituals; jazz chords get tangled up in funk grooves and soaring vocal melodies, and downcast ballads become anthems of power thanks to Mahal’s commanding vocals.

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