from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Popular music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies, elements of Caribbean music, and the blues, played by small groups featuring the guitar, the accordion, and a washboard.
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- n. A form of folk music originating among the Creole people of south-west Louisiana, using accordions and washboards heavily.
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- n. music of southern Louisiana that combines French dance melodies with Caribbean music and blues
The term zydeco was coined right there in Studio A when Hugh Moe misunderstood a song's name ( "Zologo") and wrote it down as "zydeco."
Just like the blues, zydeco is a genuinely American style of music, but unlike the blues, it never gained much of an exposure - despite the occasional hit single or the occasional brief spark of interest because of some movie.
And then he will impart how he codified the spelling of the word "zydeco," how he met the hobo Henry "Ragtime Texas" Thomas (one of the earliest-born and most scholarly-vital African-American musicians ever to record) on the street near Annunciation church downtown on a blustery winter's day.
"roots" music, such as zydeco, Tex-Mex and American folk music.
The lineup includes drums, electric bass and guitar, and the music is laced with zydeco, itself an African-American hybrid and swamp pop right alongside the more traditionally based Cajun repertoire.
It often looks something like the two-step or like zydeco.
Boisterous zydeco bounced into the evening air from speakers hanging above the front door of a souvenir shop—one of a zillion souvenir shops in the Quarter—across the street.
I follow her lead but am more interested in things we see and hear by chance—the ancient washboard player with the scar across his cheek, the tap-dancing boys at the corner of Bourbon and Toulouse, the zydeco accordion I hear wafting down an alleyway.
Or, it's a band that celebrates all of American music from Tex-Mex to zydeco to polka to bluegrass to reggae to what ever comes into our heads.
In 2008, the program expanded to include other American roots music such as blues, bluegrass, Cajun, country, gospel, and zydeco.
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