Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. Cajun music is often mentioned in tandem with the Creole-based, Cajun-influenced zydeco form, both of Acadiana origin. These French Louisiana sounds have influenced American popular music for many decades, especially country music, and have influenced pop culture through mass media, such as television commercials. Aural analysis Cajun music is relatively harsh with an infectious beat and a lot of forward drive, placing the accordion at the center. Subgenres of Cajun music Traditional Cajun Country and Texas swing Cajun Main article: Western swing This style involves heavy elements of Texas country music influence and a move away from the traditional accordion. Dancehall Cajun Cajun "renaissance" Contemporary Cajun music Doug Kershaw recorded "Louisiana Man", an autobiographical song that he had written while in the army. Lyrics
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Tex Mex (Tejano) Musical InstrumentsWhich Musical Instruments Are Used in a Cajun Band?By Megan Romer Question: Which Musical Instruments are Used in a Cajun Band? Answer: Cajun Music, that punchy, dancer-friendly genre from South Louisiana (which is not the same as zydeco, though the two are related), has a pretty well-established instrumental lineup, though there are certainly plenty of bands who vary this structure slightly. Here are the key components to a Cajun band, plus a few optional elements: Fiddle - Though lots of people associate Cajun music with the accordion, the truth is that the fiddle is probably more emblematic of the genre -- that is to say, it's possible to play traditional Cajun music without an accordion in the band, but it's not really possible without a fiddle. continue reading below our video The fiddler in a Cajun band provides melody, harmony, and rhythm. Accordion - While the fiddle may be the historical leader of the Cajun band, the accordion has been king for at least one hundred years.
Cajun Music Pioneer - Joseph FalconThe special atmosphere of a real "fais do-do," a Cajun country dance, is captured here on this live recording by Cajun music innovator, Joe Falcon. He made the very first Cajun recording back in 1928, of "Allons a Lafayette," a version of which can be heard here. Falcon was one of the very first instrumentalists to bring together accordion and the more traditional fiddle on rural Louisiana folk songs. Though the album's less-than-perfect recording conditions occasionally blur some of the lyrics, to have a document of a "fais do-do" from 1963 is a rare treat. Falcon, who died in 1965, had a plaintive, inimitable singing voice, as this album makes clear. His wife, Theresa Falcon, who is heard here on "99 Year Waltz" and "Le Traces de Mon Buggy," has the same timbre to her voice.
Jazzmusical style and genre The 1950s saw the emergence of free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures, and in the mid-1950s, hard bop emerged, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation. Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music's rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound. Etymology and definition American jazz composer, lyricist, and pianist Eubie Blake made an early contribution to the genre's etymology Jazz is difficult to define because it encompasses a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to the rock-infused fusion. Elements and issues Improvisation In early Dixieland, a.k.a. Tradition and race Roles of women Origins and early history W.
Creole musicCreole music applies to two genres of music from south Louisiana: Creole folk and Louisiana Creole. Creole folk dates from the 18th century or before, and it consists primarily of folk songs. Many were published, and some found their way into works by Louisiana composers such as Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Basil Barès, Camille Nickerson, and Moses Hogan. Louisiana Creole is preserved primarily in the form of recordings rather than sheet music. Along with Cajun music, Louisiana Creole music played a role in early development of la-la, zydeco, and swamp pop. Creole folk music One possible definition of Creole folk music is this: melodies, sometimes including dance-related instrumental accompaniments, sung in French patois by Creole people of French and African descent; however, this depends on a definition of Creole people, which is notoriously problematic. Cultural Setting and Congo Square Congo Square in New Orleans Songs Sung at Good Hope Plantation, St. The Louisiana Lady
Cajun Musical InstrumentsCajun Music Bands | List of Best Cajun Music Artists/Groups1 + 75 - 22 Wayne Toups Americana, Folk music, Cajun music ; 2 + 54 - 10 Clifton Chenier Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues ; 3 + 17 - 1 Lawrence Walker Cajun music 4 + 35 - 5 The Balfa Brothers Cajun music 5 + 48 - 11 Jo-El Sonnier Cajun music, Country ; 6 + 47 - 12 Beausoleil Cajun music, Zydeco ; 7 + 40 - 8 Geno Delafose Zydeco ; 8 + 47 - 14 Doug Kershaw Folk music, Cajun music, Country ; 9 + 35 - 7 Nathan Abshire Cajun music, Swamp blues, Louisiana blues ; 10 + 24 - 3 D.L. Menard Cajun music ; 11 + 29 - 6 Iry LeJeune Cajun music 12 + 22 - 4 Dewey Balfa Folk music, Cajun music ; 13 + 21 - 4 Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin Cajun music ; 14 + 20 - 5 Jimmy C. Newman Cajun music, Country ; 15 + 17 - 4 Hadley J.
Cajun Music HistoryA great specialty of the folk music of North America is that, like the nation itself, it is derived from several different cultures. When the Europeans migrated to the newly found American continent, they took with them the music of their lands. The music that we hear in North American nations as of today, is an evolved form of the music derived from several European folk traditions. The origin of Cajun music can be traced back to the Acadian colonists, who had settled down in the province of Acadia. What is Cajun Music Cajun music cannot be simply defined as the music of Louisiana. History of Cajun Music In 1764, several French colonists and Acadians migrated to South Louisiana form Nova Scotia (Canada). A major boost to Cajun musicians came in the 1800s, when increasing trade brought in accordions to Louisiana. The first recorded song in Cajun music history is 'Let's go to Lafayette', which was recorded by Joe Falcon and Cleoma Falcon.