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The Balfa Brothers

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Born in Mamou, Louisiana on March 20, 1927, Dewey Balfa learned to play Cajun fiddle and began performing at local gatherings in the 1940s. He was joined by his brothers Rodney (guitar, harmonica), Will (fiddle), and Harry (accordion), along with Hadley Fontenot (accordion). Dewey went on to a solo career but in 1967 he, along with Rodney, Will, and Fontenot, formed the Balfa Brothers and they began playing at festivals in the United States and in Europe, contributing to the revival of Cajun music. Rodney and Will were killed in a car accident in 1979, and Dewey passed away in 1992. During their time together they recorded a half dozen albums and appeared in documentaries in addition to their live performances. The Balfas played an important role in the preservation of traditional Cajun music so that it could be passed on to a new generation.

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  • d1lll1nger

    brilliant!

    20 Aug 2012 Reply
  • PThomasAnderson

    La Danse de Mardi Gras, estremecedora canción que pude conocer gracias al film "passion fish" de John Sayles. Nadie como él para captar la belleza del sur, y de los estados olvidados de USA. Quieres sentir el calor del humedal? un paseo en barca por los pantanos de luisiana con The Balfa Brothers de fondo, transpórtate con la imaginación al escuchar estos temas cajún, o ve la peli recomendada.

    13 Jul 2008 Reply

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