Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Some Cajun Music

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Blogger Dauvit Balfour said...

Wow, good music, good showmanship. I want to buy their CDs, but I want to see them live more, and maybe marry one of the girls if aren't already.

4:18 AM  
OpenID arturovasquez said...

I am pretty anti-Cajun, mainly because my wife is a Creole of color whose family is from that part of the world. The Cajuns treated them pretty rotten during Jim Crow, in spite of the fact they were only a shade darker than the Cajuns (my wife's grandfather had blue eyes and "good" hair). Their music of course gave birth to zydeco, to the point that it has been told that Clifton Chenier hit on my wife's grandmother.

Anyway, Cajun music was more influenced by white Texas sound of string bands, while at some point, black musicians like Chenier began to translate the blues coming up from Mississippi into Creole French ("Josephine Par Se Ma Femme", "J'suis un cochon pour toi/
Moi fouiller tout autour tes escaliers"). At the beginning, I think both were almost the same until Jim Crow took effect.

12:10 PM  

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