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  Cajun Music
His ear for music and his love of the accordion pointed the way to a career, and he began to play for local dances around the Lacassine area with an uncompromisingly scruffy band and no concession at all to the slick string-band style that still dominated when he started out in the 1940s.
Cajun music and folklife festivals abounded, where youngsters could actually see and hear Cajun musicians (law had kept them out of the bars and dancehalls where the music had previously been played).
Both times Cajun musicians decided instead to use what they could of the mainstream culture within what they felt to be the idiom of Cajun music, and to discard the rest.
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  Cajun music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Catholics of Canada.
Cajun music is often mentioned in tandem with the Creole-based, Cajun-influenced Zydeco form, both of Acadiana origin.
The music was essential for small get-togethers on the front porch, an all night house dance known as a "bal de maison", or a public dance in a dance hall called a fais do-dos.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Cajun_music   (734 words)

 The Cajun Chef: Cajun Music
Cajun music is the music of the descendants of French-speaking Catholics from Acadiana in Canada.
Cajun music was originally based on fiddle, and many feel that the fiddle is really at the heart and soul of the music.
Cajun music has been one of the primary forces behind this cultural resurgence, giving Cajuns a focus for movements to recover pride in Cajun culture, to maintain the distinctiveness of Cajun culture while partially assimilating, and to undo years of social and political hostility against Cajuns in Louisiana.
www.thecajunchef.com /music.htm   (453 words)

 Cajun Music: Cajuns: Music: Cajun French   (Site not responding. Last check: )
By the 1930s, changes in Cajun music reflected the growing impact of the Americanization of the Cajuns, a process that included a serious attempt to eradicate the society's native French language and denigrate their culture, fueled by the nationalism that accompanied World War I and the Great Depression.
The Cajun music of these younger musicians reflects their contemporary influences as the blending process at the heart of this tradition continues.
J'ai été au bal: The Cajun and Zydeco Music of Louisiana.
ccet.louisiana.edu /Cajun_Music.html   (832 words)

 Encyclopedia of Cajun Culture - CAJUN MUSIC
This helped to trigger the "Cajun revival," which began in earnest around 1968 with the founding of CODOFIL (Council for the Development of French in Louisiana), and reached a milestone in 1974 with the first Tribute to Cajun Music festival (now part of Festivals Acadiens) in Lafayette.
At the same time, young Cajun musicians like Michael Doucet and Zachary Richard were pushing the limits of Cajun music, combining it with other sounds in a way similar to swamp pop musicians in the 1950s.
During the early to mid-1980s, Cajun music (as well as zydeco) experienced a worldwide boom in popularity that continues to the present.
www.cajunculture.com /Other/musiccajun.htm   (539 words)

 LCVC - Cajun & Zydeco Music
The music is said to have originated from many sources, but the influence of the blues and soul music is most significant in its development.
The Zydeco tradition of music was built by musicians with little or no formal training who improvised the music of their generation out of the ones that came before them.
Zydeco music was born in exile of ancient traditions which found themselves displaced in a New World where elder ways did not stand in the way of new combinations.
www.lafayettetravel.com /culture/music   (671 words)

 A Brief History of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Music
As Savoy explains in her book, Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People, the accordion was brought to Louisiana in the late 19th century by German immigrants, but, because the accordion was tuned in keys that did not match the "open string" tuning of the fiddlers, it was not incorporated into Cajun music.
At the same time that the Cajuns was being transformed by new influences, the African American descendants of slaves who had been brought by force to America were developing their own music, and the music of the two cultures influenced one another.
The music of Creole culture drew on the same French traditions as Cajun music but added to that the influence of African music in the New World–the rhythms of the Caribbean or the soulful melodies of the blues or a combination of these sources and more.
www.lsue.edu /acadgate/music/history.htm   (4478 words)

 Cajun Music: A Culture’s Heartbeat
Cajuns do not seem to enjoy these songs as much as they do the tunes, which are native to the Cajuns of Louisiana.
The most popular Cajun songs being played today in the clubs and bars in the Cajun parishes are the waltzes and "two-steps." The latter contain a heavy two-four beat and are played fast to allow dancers to display their skills at the "two-step" dance.
Cajun music followers say there are two reasons for the lack of interest in fiddle players.
www.aliciapatterson.org /APF001975/Peyton/Peyton10/Peyton10.html   (2983 words)

 Amazon.ca: Cajun: Music: Putumayo Presents   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Southwestern Louisiana Cajun culture, born of the French Acadians displaced when their homeland was taken over by the British in the mid-1700s, is celebrated for both its food and its music.
Cajun music is related to but distinct from zydeco; both feature the accordion as lead instrument, but the latter incorporates electric guitar and pays a greater debt to rhythm & blues than does the older-fashioned acoustic stylings of the former.
To that end, there is still a great deal of room for an influx of influences in Cajun music, such as the country flavor of the Jambalaya Cajun Band's version of the popular "Les Flammes d'en Fer" as it appears on this collection.
www.amazon.ca /Cajun-Various-Artists/dp/B00005402K   (583 words)

 Cajun Music
Cajun Music, once found only in the backwoods of Louisiana, has now made a prominent place for itself in America.
The traditional music being performed in the dancehalls in Louisiana today is usually compromised of an accordion, twin fiddles playing harmony, drums, electric bass, an electric guitar and a pedal steel.
The spirit of the music is changing to reflect the spirit of the Louisiana of today; therefore, the interpretation of the music is not the same.
www.landrystuff.com /music.html   (903 words)

 Cajun Music
He also notes, "People that are not of Cajun heritage that play Cajun music very often are guilty of trying to play the music too fast." The music may sound fast from embellishments on the melody, but the tempo itself is not very fast.
Cajun music has Louisiana roots, a Louisiana sound, and a Louisiana feel whereas country music has a bluegrass feel and is sung only in English.
Regardless of what defines Cajun music today, she recognizes that all the characteristics she describes are "mutable and changing." For example, Cajun musicians today lament the decline in French speakers in Louisiana.
www.ucolick.org /~ekirby/cajun/cajun.htm   (1809 words)

 Cajun Music Information and History
Cajun Music has evolved throughout the years responding to influences from the African American influenced Creole, Blues, Country Music, and Zydeco and to a lesser extent Rock and Roll into a contemporary style.
In the 1930’s and the 1940’s many Cajun Music bands began incorporating electric and steel guitars as well as the piano in response to the influence of Texas Country Music.
One notable Country music legend, Hank Williams Sr., had a hit with the Cajun Music song “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” in the 1950’s.
www.yummycajun.com /music.php   (472 words)

Cajun Music was born in this part of Cajun country, "Southwest Louisiana".
Cajun music is not easy to play and make it sound Cajun, it has been tried and called cajun, BUT IT IS NOT CAJUN.
There is a new music that they did give a name to, it is called Zydeco music which is good music, but not Cajun music.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/2073/jolie-bl.htm   (632 words)

 Cajun Music Festival   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Lake Charles, LA Attention Cajun dancers in search of a road trip - the Lake Charles CFMA chapter holds its annual Cajun Music and Food Festival on July 21 and 22.
The CFMA, the Cajun French Music Association, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Cajun music, language and culture.
Although Cajun French culture is often associated with central south Louisiana, rich Cajun culture actually extends all the way to the town of Lake Charles, LA - near the Louisiana/Texas border.
www.tourlouisiana.com /cajun_music_festival.htm   (277 words)

 91.02.02: Cajun Music: the Voice of the Cajun Family
Using music to discuss a culture, its background and influences, is a special approach to the study of the family.
Cajun farmers settled on the prairie, and the trappers and fishermen built their houses in the bayous (“Bayou” is from a Choctaw Indian word “bayuk” meaning creek or small river).
Early Cajun music was born in the struggle to survive in a difficult living situation.
www.yale.edu /ynhti/curriculum/units/1991/2/91.02.02.x.html   (6017 words)

Cajun music as we know it today can be traced back to early Acadian, French, Creole, and Anglo-Saxon folk songs.
Cajun music is, of course, meant for dancing -- one-step, two-step, and waltzes.
The principal instrument in Cajun music is the diatonic accordion, preferably in the key of C. Although it is a German instrument, the Cajun people adopted it in the 1870s.
www.allmusic.com /cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=73:111   (537 words)

 Cajun Music: Alive and Well in Louisiana
Twin fiddling traditions represent the music in its purest form, as it was brought to Louisiana with the early immigrants and before popular American tunes mingled with it.
Music was a central part of the social life of the early Cajuns, and music was played mainly in people's homes, at small gatherings and fais do-dos.
Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa has been an ambassador of traditional Cajun music to those outside Louisiana since the 1960s, and a role model for many young musicians.
www.louisianafolklife.org /LT/Articles_Essays/creole_art_cajunmusic_aliv.html   (1716 words)

 The Cajun Strangers - cajun music from Madison, WI   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Brian caught the Cajun fiddle bug in 1999 at one of the Ashokan Fiddle and Dance camps near Woodstock, New York, became enamored with Dewey Balfa and Dennis McGee, and promptly headed down to Lafayette, Louisiana for six weeks of Cajun music jams and bayou exploration.
She started playing Cajun music when in about 2001 she stopped dancing to listen to the music.
Originally from the far north end of Cajun Country, otherwise known as Upper Michigan, Brian was first exposed to Cajun music at the Hiawatha Music Festival where groups like Eddie LeJeune, Balfa Toujours, Steve Riley and the Bone Tones have played.
www.cajunstrangers.com /meet.html   (638 words)

 Cajun Music at MSN Shopping
More Cajun music with a careful eye for detail, beginning with Joseph Falcon's "Lafayette," released in 1928 and generally considered the first commercial Cajun record.
An utterly unique mixture of French folk song mixed with American Indian, German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, and African (by way of the West Indies) elements, Cajun music generally relied on a twin-fiddle attack (one lead, one rhythm), and once the German diatonic accordion was introduced, heavy emphasis on the accordion.
Song lyrics were usually in French Cajun patois, making Cajun a distinct musical genre in southwest Louisiana that, for all its strange, eerie overtones to the modern ear, was first and foremost a dance music.
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 Cajun: National Geographic World Music
Cajuns have always loved to dance, especially waltzes and two-steps, and Cajun songs, which express a gamut of emotions from deep woefulness to unbridled exuberance, go hand in hand with that inclination.
Cajun songs were originally sung a capella or with rudimentary percussive accompaniment but in the 20th-century songs and instrumental music began to be fused.
In 1974 the first Tribute to Cajun Music festival took placed in Lafayette and the event turned out to be a milestone in awakening cultural pride among Cajuns.
worldmusic.nationalgeographic.com /worldmusic/view/page.basic/genre/content.genre/cajun_700   (876 words)

 Cajun du Nord
The music selection is mostly fairly well known Cajun standards, plus a couple of Zydeco cuts, 'Why You Wanna Make Me Cry' and 'I'm Coming Home.' Favorite cuts include 'Jongle a moi,' the slow bluesy 'Blues a Bebe' and 'The Monkey and the Fiddle,' a recent creation of Randy Vidrine and Mitch Reed.
Arve turnerer flittigt i Norge, og har, som resten af CAJUN DU NORD, lært musikken at kende gennem flere ophold i Louisiana.
She played Cajun music professionally all over Europe, has written a book about Cajun music, and has organized and conducted Cajun workshops, music classes and trips to Louisiana.
www.cajunmusic.dk /bands/cajundunord/cajundunord.html   (1417 words)

 The Cajun People
It is difficult to understand Cajun music without the understanding of a unique and very complex culture.
The roots of Cajun culture began almost 400 years ago when French travellers settled in the area that is known today as Nova Scotia, Canada.
The music which had become a source of embarrassment quickly regained its position as a source of pride to Cajuns both young and old.
www.balfatoujours.com /cajuns.html   (1221 words)

 Cajun Midi Good ol' Cajun music
Cajun music was developed from which the French brought with them to the Acadian: colony during the 16th century from France.
The Cajuns came from Nova Scotiawith no musical instruments, as they were exiled with no warning at all.
The Cajuns will have a blast with their song and sound at home or on the river bank enjoying the music they make.
www.angelfire.com /la/cajunmidi   (531 words)

 Cajun French Music Association: Music Awards
The Le Cajun Award and Festival is a unique three day event that features an awards ceremony honoring the best in Cajun music and Cajun musicians and includes a two-day dance festival with award winning Cajun bands providing the music.
Cajun bands from outside Louisiana including Europe are also recipients of awards.
The CFMA, which sponsors the festival, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Cajun music, language and culture.
www.cajunfrenchmusic.org /music/lecajun.htm   (190 words)

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