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Cover of Fiyo On The Bayou

From Fiyo On The Bayou and 15 other releases

This style of music is known as Zydeco. Named after an artist who made fame on it called “Buckwheat Zydeco”.

Zydeco (French: “les haricots” or “le zaricot”, English: “green beans” or “snap beans”) is a form of American roots or folk music. It evolved in southwest Louisiana in the early 19th century from forms of Louisiana Creole music. The rural black Creoles of southwest Louisiana and southeast Texas still sing in Creole French.

Usually fast tempo and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a “rub-board,” “scrub-board,” or frottoir, zydeco music was originally created at house dances, where families and friends gathered for socializing.

Sometimes the music moved to the Catholic Church community center, as Creoles were mostly Catholic. Later it moved to rural dance halls and nightclubs. As a result, the music integrated waltzes, shuffles, two-steps, blues, rock and roll, and most dance music forms of the era. Today, the tradition of change and evolution in the music continues. It stays current while integrating even more genres such as R&B, soul, brass band, reggae, urban hip, ska, rock, Afro-Caribbean and other styles, in addition to the traditional forms.

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  • touchthatSPACE

    To locals, this is the official unofficial song of Mardi Gras, not that annoying, tourist-friendly "Mardi Gras Mambo" song

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • blogmeridian

    This isn't zydeco, pace whoever wrote the wiki above--this is straight-ahead New Orleans R&B. But LeLiLo is exactly right: this is infectious, joyous music. My favorite Nevilles (and Meters) song, hands down.

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • LeLiLo

    How can a person choose one favorite song out of some 3.5 million? Impossible. Then again, there aren't many (if any) I find more exhilarating, more spirited than this one.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply

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