I still feel like being in music these days – listening, not playing 😀 Few days ago it was blues, BB King way of blues, not John Lee Hooker kind of it. Even though I like him too 😀
Now I am listening an form of old Creole music, Zydeco. Well known in south Louisiana, USA, among French speaking Creols, this kind of music is not so much popular outside the area where it originated. Most of the people I know are unaware that kind of music exists – but I must admit I have heard for a British band that play Zydeco, The Zyderythmics :eyes: 😀
First time I have heard it, was in an old movie, Southern Comfort by Walter Hill, with Keith Carradine and Powers Boothe starring. In one scene there was a party in a Creole village, deep in a swamps of Louisiana (I am sure some of you will recognize it :D), and I was immediately appealed by a music, by its simplicity and rhythm, lead by accordion and triangle. Back then there was no Internet so it took me some time to find what kind of music it was – and then I have discovered Cajun music.
Zydeco music was originally created at house dances where the blacks and Creole people of south Louisiana would gather for socializing. It has a fast tempo usually played with button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a rubboard or frottoir. Zydeco's rural form, formed about 150 years ago, is a mix of Creole and Cajun music and African-American music such as blues, R&B, jazz and gospel. At the beginning, songs were mostly in a Creole French language but today the English is prevailing.
There are a lot of good Zydeco singers popular today: Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida, Buckwheat Zydeco, Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, Geno Delafose… But there are two of them that I like the most. Rosie Ledet and Beau Jocque.
Mary Roszela Bellard was born in rural part of Louisiana where she could listen Creole music on a daily basis but she has little interest in it until she went to zydeco dance in one small club in Lawtell, Louisiana, where she saw Boozoo Chavis play. She met there her future husband, Morris Ledet, too. He has a band and she started to learn music, watching Morris play. He has seen she is a talent and let her be a central figure in a band.
There is one video recording, Rosie playing one of my favourite Zydeco songs – "You`re No Good"
Beau Jocque was born in 1953. as Andrus Depree. After an accident that left him bedridden for a time, he started to play accordion. A soon after, he put a band together, along with his wife Shelly playing the rubboard. He took a name Beau Jocque which means Big Guy in Creole. Unfortunately, after few years, he died of heart attack in 1999. 😦
Here is a link that will lead you to a You Tube page with a video of Beau Jocque and Hi Rollers playing "One Kiss". Embedding of that video is disabled by request.
I am sorry of a somewhat poor quality of both sound and video but most of the recordings that I have found are "home made". I am :happy: though to have a two cds in my own collection 😀