Cajun Culture

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Lois Godelar Dr. Fred Tarrant Music 3430 IS July 25, 2009 Cajun music, a story marked by an irrepressible will of survival When tourists make a stay in Louisiana, and more particularly in the Southern part, they can’t refrain from being intrigued by the authenticity of the local culture. Seafood, Carnivals, architectures, and above all the music give to Louisiana an appreciated exoticism. This music with this singular sonority and lyrics sounding like French is the best representation of the Cajun culture. Ambassador of French-speaking communities in the middle of the Southern United States, the Cajun culture surprise and seduce listeners by its warmth and humility. Although Cajun music is almost always cheerful and…show more content…
The metallic triangle and the wavy metallic jacket, made of torn off parts from farm machines, became official rhythmic instruments inside the Cajun orchestral formations. Void of mikes, singers adopted a shrill and high-pitched voice to cover the noise made by instruments and dancers. It’s at this period that Cajun built big halls to host private balls and the “fais-do-do” lost little by little its status of homelike meeting. April 27, 1928, Joseph Falcon (singer and accordion player), and his spouse Cleoma Falcon Breaux (guitar player), recorded for Columbia the first seventy-eight disc of Cajun Music in New Orleans. The disc was a best-seller what allowed the Falcons to live upon their music and showed the popularity of the Cajun culture. It’s at the beginning of the 1930’s that the Cajun music knew its third revolution. On the one hand, the president Roosevelt, who advocated a certain interventionism on worldwide affairs, needed a united nation and so, wished to eradicate any distinctive identity. Furthermore, the crash of 1929 having harshly struck Louisiana , an important program…show more content…
Conversely, a growing request appeared for ethnical music. The Cajun music took advantage of this period and young generations rediscovered with great pleasure the music of their grandparents, thanks to artists like Zachary Richard. Around 1980, began the last stage (still ongoing) of the Cajun music. It synthesized around 300 years of history, influences, assimilations, and musical miscegenation. Thus, the Cajun music took different ways as it became tinged with accents sometimes Country, Rock, Reggae, Hip-Hop, Tex-Mex, or Jazz. Today in Louisiana, formations ultra traditional are in close contact with more eclectic groups. Although the best picture of Cajun music stays formation including singer, accordion, percussion, and fiddle, and playing waltzes, one-step and two-steps, the Cajun music has many faces. All these formation proclaims their belonging to the Cajun culture and Francophone traditions. It is hard to define the Cajun music because it’s still evolving as other cultures and influences are assimilated. This music perfectly reflects its creators: tenacious, humble, hope messenger, tolerant, endowed by an astonishing faculty of adaptation against

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