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Zydeco- aaaaiiiiieeeee!!!

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posted on May, 12 2012 @ 03:59 AM
My first exposure to Zydeco was during a trip to Lafayette La.
Zydeco is a style of music developed in Southwestern La, in the 19th century. It is an american music.
I like it's spirit and blend of french and english lyrics, it is the kind of music you can imagine gathering with your friends on a summer evening down by the bayou and dancing the night away. This was indeed the way Zydeco started.

Zydeco is a form of uniquely American roots or folk music. It evolved in southwest Louisiana in the early 19th century from forms of "la la" Creole music. The rural Creoles of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas still sing in Louisiana Creole French. Zydeco combines elements of an even older American musical style which began in the late 1700s: Cajun music, which comprises French fiddle tunes, Irish Celtic fiddle tunes, German button accordion, Latin rhythms, and Appalachian styles. Zydeco music was born as a blend of Cajun music and two other "new" American music styles: blues and rhythm and blues. Usually fast tempo and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a "rub-board," "scrub-board," "wash-board," or frottoir, zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing. Creoles do not consider themselves part of the black culture, but rather a mixture of Haitian, Native American, French, and Spanish known as "Quadronne" or "four-way

There are two different versions of where the name Zydeco came from:

What Does "Zydeco" Mean? - Story #1: The word "zydeco" has two different stories to explain it. One is that it comes from the phrase "Les haricots sont pas sales", meaning "the snap beans aren't salty". This phrase is a colloquial expression meaning that times are hard, and when spoken in the regional French, it's pronounced "zy-dee-co sohn..." etc. What Does "Zydeco" Mean? - Story #2: The second often-accepted meaning of the word "zydeco" is that it comes from the word "zari", which means dance. The word "zari" is found in several West African languages (in various similar forms).

What does Zydeco sound like:

Zydeco music is often portrayed incorrectly as being polka-esque, but it actually sounds much more like the blues than like any European music. The band plays heavily on the backbeat, with modern bands relying on a double-kick to the bass drum to emphasize the syncopation. The accordion plays blues licks, and the guitars further emphasize this sound. Zydeco Lyrics: Zydeco music is sung in both English and French, with English being the preferred language for most modern bands. Many zydeco songs are simply reworkings of R&B or blues songs, many are modern versions of very old Cajun songs, and many are originals. Song lyrics deal with everything from the mundane to intense socio-political issues, with food and love being two very common themes

The first Zydeco song is credited to Boozoo Chavis- Paper In My Shoe 1954

Clifton Chenier."The King of Zydeco", made Zydeco popular on regional radio stations with his bluesy style and keyboard accordion Meanwhile, Creole music was being played in homes and at family gatherings, but it did not find a place with commercial record companies. Clifton Chenier, born in 1925, the son of sharecroppers near Opelousas, listened to the la-la music of his community performed by musicians like accordionist Claude Faulk and by his father, Joseph Chenier. Rubboards and triangles provided rhythm. He also listened to recordings from a decade earlier by Amédé Ardoin and to musicians who played the blues. After moving to Texas, he learned to play the piano accordion in the late 1940s. He and his older brother, Cleveland, who played the washboard, began to perform at Texas clubs as well as at clubs in Louisiana like Freeman Fontenot's club in Basile. Instead of a washboard, Cleveland began using corrugated tin, played at first with spoons and then with bottle openers. Clifton Chenier had a Port Arthur metal worker shape a board with shoulder straps, inventing the frottoir, the trademark instrument of Zydeco.

Zydeco Sont Pas Salés (Snapbeans Ain't Salty)
Clifton Chenier.

Zydeco superstar Buckwheat Zydeco was already well into his career, and also signed his deal with major label Island Records in the mid 1980s. Combined with the national popularity of Creole and Cajun food, and the feature film The Big Easy set in New Orleans, zydeco music had a revival. New artists were cultivated and the music took a more innovative direction for increased mainstream popularity.

Buckwheat zydeco jambalaya french

Beau Jocque was a monumental songwriter and innovator who infused zydeco with powerful beats and bass lines in the 90s, adding striking production and elements of funk, hip-hop and rap.

Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi Rollers - One Kiss - 1998

Beau Jocque - Slide and Dip It

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Zydeco has a strong following and there are a number of festivals around the country to celcbrate this uniquely american music. Zydeco continues to florish and evolve moving into the 21st century. Here are two modern songs by the Zydeco artists mo' mojo

mo' mojo - acadiana

mo' mojo - together in love we drown

I hope you have enjoyed this trip into Louisianna and the origins of this music style.

This web site has multiple web sites listed that go into detail regarding the history, intruments and artisits of this music form.

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 04:15 AM
Great music and loved that it has made an appearance on an Australian show...

posted on May, 12 2012 @ 04:21 AM
Nice! Educational too. S&F.

edit on 12-5-2012 by DaphneApollo because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 17 2012 @ 08:56 AM
Louisiana Saturday Night - Doug Kershaw

posted on May, 18 2012 @ 06:07 AM
The original intent of this thread was just information about Zydeco. Should have just posted this.

Sesame Street - It's Zydeco

edit on 18-5-2012 by Iamschist because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 04:33 AM

posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 04:37 AM
This is to fix the broken vid "Snapbeans Ain't Salty"

posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 04:40 AM
This is to fix the "Slide and Dip It" link

posted on Dec, 9 2014 @ 04:56 AM
Being from Louisana, I grew up with zydeco and blues, so - I love it! Nothing like listening to this in some smokey dive bar while drinking and dancing or while at a festival on a beautiful day.

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