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Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern by Mark F. DeWitt

By Mark F. DeWitt

Queen Ida. Danny Poullard. Documentary filmmaker Les clean. Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie documents. those are names which are regular to many fanatics of Cajun track and zydeco, and so they have another factor in common--longtime place of abode within the San Francisco Bay sector. they're all a part of a colourful scene of dancing and reside Louisiana-French track that has developed over a number of a long time. Cajun and Zydeco Dance track in Northern California strains how this zone of California has been in a position to enhance and maintain dances a number of instances every week with greater than a dozen bands. Description of this energetic nearby scene opens right into a dialogue of a number of ancient traits that experience affected lifestyles and song in Louisiana and the country. The ebook portrays the range of people that have come jointly to undertake Cajun and Creole dance track that allows you to take care of a globalized, media-saturated global. Ethnomusicologist Mark F. DeWitt innovatively weaves jointly interviews with musicians and dancers (some from Louisiana, a few not), research of well known media, player statement as a musician and dancer, and historic views from wartime black migration styles, the civil rights circulation, American folks and blues revivals, California counterculture, and the increase of cultural tourism in "Cajun Country." In so doing, he finds the multifaceted attraction of celebrating existence at the dance ground, Louisiana-French variety.

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At first it is just he and Freddie, then someone talks Jim into getting out his guitar again. “I just play by ear,” Jim says, which explains the occasional chord clashes as he works out the patterns to each song. I try to follow André’s fingers, with little success. He throws in some fast triplet interpolations from time to time, especially on endings, but otherwise does not vary much from one chorus to the next. ” He is playing slouched down in his chair, no facial expression, legs akimbo. He makes a slightly more animated face in response for a few seconds, then returns to the adolescent mask.

14 Identity Issues, Research Methods, and Ethnography 23 As contact with the outside world grew, ethnic stereotypes associated with Cajuns and Creoles were not limited to illiteracy and language. 15 The limited truth value and specificity of the stereotypes applied to Cajuns can be seen when one considers the larger discourse surrounding folk culture in America and Europe. An extreme example is German folklorist Hans Naumann, who in the 1920s developed his theory of gesunkenes Kulturgut, the highly questionable evolutionary notion that all creative artistic ideas originate in the high or elite culture and then “sink” to the level of folk culture.

I have not, however, made any changes to syntax (word order), and I have attempted to provide at least one or two lengthy quotes from each interview so that the reader can get a glimpse of the personalities involved, not only the where and when. So, by some standards, the voices of the participants are distorted but they are there. In an attempt to preserve the integrity of each person’s story, each chapter containing interview material follows the same three-part structure: first, historical 38 Identity Issues, Research Methods, and Ethnography context from Louisiana and at the national level; second, individual profiles; third, commentary on the individual profiles combined with historical background on the dance scene in northern California.

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