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Cajun Profile

  • Related Genres: Cajun, Cajun
  • Related Countries: USA
  • Related Artists: Feufollet

The Friday night call to party, ‘laisser les bon temps rouler’ (let the good times roll), sums up the spirit of Cajun music.

The style was developed in the swamps and bayous of Louisiana by white French settlers expelled from Nova Scotia in the 18th century.

Characterised by fiddle, guitar and accordion, the first Cajun recordings were made in the late 1920s and included Breaux Frères’ ‘Jolie Blonde’, often described as the Cajun national anthem.

Popularised in modern times by bands such as The Balfa Brothers, The Savoy Family Band and Beausoleil, the music reached a wider audience via Paul Simon’s album Graceland.

The undisputed king of the music’s creole equivalent known as zydeco is the late accordionist Clifton Chenier.


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