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Examine the different Musicians that played a role in Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco Music

Explore the history of Creole, Cajun, and Zydeco Music

Identify the different instruments that are commonly used in Creole, Cajun and Zydeco Music

Your Music Passport: The Zydeco Stamp

Earn The Zydeco Stamp in your Musical Passport by doing the following:

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The Music of North America

Our musical journey continues on the continent of North America.

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Louisiana's Musical Roots

Louisiana's musical roots can be traced back to the 18th century with the arrival of French settlers, including Acadians (Cajuns) expelled from Canada. The blending of French, African, and Spanish musical traditions gave rise to unique styles such as Creole and Cajun music.Cajun music, influenced by Acadian folk music, is characterized by the use of the accordion, fiddle, and ti'fer. Creole music incorporates elements of African, Caribbean, and European styles and often features instruments like the accordion, fiddle, and guitar.Over the years, Cajun and Creole music paved the way for new genres of music to be created. Some of the musical genres that were derived from Cajun and Creole music are Zydeco, Swamp Pop, Country, and the Blues.

Cajun and Creole Music

Cajun and Zydeco Instruments

Cajun and Zydeco Music is full of interesting instruments. We have already been introduced to some of the instruments that are used in Cajun and Zydeco Music like the fiddle and the guitar. Click on the buttons below to learn more about some other unique instruments that are commonly used in Cajun and Zydeco Music!

The Accordion

The Ti'fer

The Washboard

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Creole and Cajun Music

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Les Blues De Voyages

La Chanson De Cinquante Sous

Jolie Catin

Danse de Mardi Gras

Zydeco Music

Zydeco Facts

The Zydeco Song

Zydeco Sont Pas Sale

Activity: Guess the Instrument Game

Activity: Word Search

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Bons Temps

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"La Chanson De Cinquante Sous" is a cajun ballad. If you remember, we learned that a ballad is like a musical story. In this song, the lyrics tell the story of a young man and his sweetheart going out on a Louisiana Saturday night. Things don't go so well for the young man when his sweetheart orders something a little more expensive than he was planning on, and he only has fifty cents to pay for it.

La Chanson De Cinquante Sous

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My sweetheart and I went to the dance, It was a Saturday night. My sweetheart and I went to the dance, It was a Saturday night. We got back the next morning, The next morning at daybreak. We got back the next morning, The next morning at daybreak. I asked her if she were hungry And wanted to eat a little bit. I asked her if she were hungry And wanted to eat a little bit. She said she wasn’t very hungry But she would eat anyway. She said she wasn’t very hungry But she would eat anyway. I thought she would order A little fifteen-cent plate lunch. I thought she would order A little fifteen-cent plate lunch. She ordered a whole roast chicken And a half dozen oysters. She ordered a whole roast chicken And a half dozen oysters. I put my fifty cents Up on the counter. I put my fifty cents Up on the counter. Attacked with a blow of a fist, I was thrown into the window, Attacked with a kick, I was thrown out in the street. Take some advice from me All you young men: Never go into a restaurant With just fifty cents in your pocket.

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin was a famous Cajun accordionist and singer. He was born on November 16, 1915, in l'Anse de 'Prien Noir (Black Cyprian's Cove) near Bayou Duralde, Louisiana. His nick name, "Bois Sec" meant "Dry Wood" and was given to him when he was a child because he was always the first to the barn when a rainstorm would interrupt his work in the fields. Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin was very important because his accordion skills and singing helped to preserve and promote cajun music!

Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin

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"Jolie Catin" is a classic Cajun song, and the title translates to "Pretty Little Darling" in English. This song is being performed by Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, and was a lively cajun tune that was frequently played for dances and social gatherings.

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Watch the Video Below of Alphonse "Bois Sec " Ardoin playing the accordion.

"Danse de Mardi Gras" is a traditional cajun dance song.So what is Mardi Gras? Mardi Gras is a super fun celebration before the Lenten season starts. People dress up in colorful costumes, have parades, and enjoy lots of music and dancing. If you are from Louisiana than you know that King Cakes are also a special treat that many people eat to celebrate Mardi Gras. "La Danse de Mardi Gras" means "The Dance of Mardi Gras" in French. It's a song that people dance to during the Mardi Gras celebrations.The song often has a leader who sings, and others respond. In the lesson about Spirituals, we learned that this is called, "Call and Response" It's like a musical conversation, and everyone joins in to make the celebration even more joyful.

Danse De Mardi Gras

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Danse De Mardi Gras

The Zydeco Song

Amede Ardoin was born on March 11, 1898, in Duralde, Louisiana. He was a Creole accordionist, singer, and composer. Amede Ardoin played a very important role in the development of muisc in Louisiana and has been called the Father of Cajun and Zydeo music. The songs that he wrote and music he performed paved the way for Cajun and Zydeco Music. "Les Blues de Voyage" also called "The Traveling Blues." by Amédé Ardoin is a French-Cajun song that expresses the difficulties and challenges faced by the narrator as he navigates the complications of relationships, family expectations, and his own personal struggles. The lyrics touch upon themes of separation, longing, and economic hardship. It has been perfomed by many other muiscians and they are still performing it today.

Amede Ardoin

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Clifton Chenier

Clifton Chenier,also known as the "King of Zydeco," was born in Opelousas, Louisiana on June 25, 1925. He grew up speaking Creole French. He was an accordionist and singer and played a major role in the development of Zydeco music. It is said that he took Creole and Cajun music and blended it with elements of Jazz, Blues, and Rock n' Roll and created Zydeco...kind of like Musical Gumbo!

Zydeco Sont Pas Sale

"Zydeco Sont Pas Sale" means "No Salt in Your Snap Beans."

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The Accordion, also called a Squeezebox, is an instrument commonly associated with Cajun and Zydeco music in Louisiana. There are two basic types of Accordions that are used in Cajun and Zydeco music, a Diatonic "Button" Accordion and a Piano Accordion. They both are played by squeezing the middle part, called the "bellows" in and out. The Diatonic "Button" Accordion is used more commonly in traditional Cajun Music and is played by pressing buttons. The Piano Accordion is used more commonly in Zydeco music and is played by pressing keys on a small piano keyboard. Both types of Accordions are very important instruments in Cajun and Zydeco Music!

The Accordion

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Piano Keys

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Diatonic

Piano Accordion

The washboard, also known as a rubboard, scrubboard, or frottoir, is a percussion instrument commonly associated with Cajun and Zydeco music in Louisiana. The washboard is often played by rubbing metal thimbles, bottle caps, or other objects attached to the player's fingers across the washboard's surface. It adds a distinctive and rhythmic element to the music.

The Washboard

The ti'fer or ti-fer, is a small metal percussion instrument shaped like a triangle that is commonly used in Cajun and Zydeco Music. In English, a ti-fer is known as a Triangle. A little metal wand, called a Beate is used to play the ti-fer. When struck with the beater, the ti'fer produces a bright and tinkling sound. Although it may be small compared to other insturments, the Ti'fer plays a big part in Cajun and Zydeco Music!

The Ti'fer

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Zydeco is a genre that evolved from Creole and Cajun Music. It became very popular in the mid-20th century and it typically features the accordion, washboard, and rhythm instruments. In Modern Zydeco Music, you might also hear the guitar and bass. The term "zydeco" is believed to have originated from the Creole French phrase "les haricots" which means "the snap beans." The expression "les haricots sont pas salés" translates to "the snap beans are not salty." Over time, this phrase evolved into the term "zydeco." The lyrics in Zydeco music are often a mix of Creole French and English.

Zydeco Facts