By Mark F. DeWitt
Queen Ida. Danny Poullard. Documentary filmmaker Les clean. Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie files. those are names which are frequent to many lovers of Cajun tune and zydeco, and so they have another factor in common--longtime place of dwelling within the San Francisco Bay region. they're all a part of a colourful scene of dancing and stay Louisiana-French track that has developed over numerous many years. Cajun and Zydeco Dance song in Northern California strains how this sector of California has been in a position to strengthen and maintain dances numerous occasions per week with greater than a dozen bands. Description of this lively local scene opens right into a dialogue of numerous ancient tendencies that experience affected lifestyles and tune in Louisiana and the country. The ebook portrays the range of people that have come jointly to undertake Cajun and Creole dance track with the intention to do something about 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 renowned media, player statement as a musician and dancer, and ancient views from wartime black migration styles, the civil rights flow, American people and blues revivals, California counterculture, and the increase of cultural tourism in "Cajun Country." In so doing, he finds the multifaceted allure of celebrating lifestyles at the dance flooring, Louisiana-French kind.
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Extra info for Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World (American Made Music Series)
The nascent music recording industry expanded its efforts in the 1920s into a wide array of ethnic and regional markets with an equally various offering of musical styles for every taste. This eclecticism sprang from a motivation distinct from those of the early folk song collectors. Industry leaders were in the business of selling phonograph equipment, and having recordings available of music that the customer wanted to hear helped to close the sale. Accordion-based Louisiana French dance music joined this mix when Columbia recorded Cajun musicians Joe and Cleoma Falcon in New Orleans in 1928.
While the roles of dancer and newsletter contributor were important, it was not until I picked up someone’s bass at a house party and started playing along that I was seen as someone who could contribute something of real value. ” I found in my case that even though I did not belong to a relevant ethnic group, the ability 36 Identity Issues, Research Methods, and Ethnography to play the music helped me (as it did for Burnim) gain the access I needed to people and places in the field. 40 Ethnographic Presentation The “field” of the field research for this book is part globalized popular culture— like the first chapter’s case study—but mostly the Cajun music and zydeco activity in northern California.
Irène Thérèse Whitfield, a Louisiana French woman who accompanied the Lomaxes on some of their song-hunting trips as well as doing her own field research, published her collection of folk song transcriptions in 1939, Louisiana French Folk Songs. 20 The pairing of black accordionist Ardoin and white fiddler McGee around 1930 is thought by many to be a pivotal moment in Louisiana French music, for several reasons. Some point to the high quality of the music, the popularity of the performances, and the influence of Ardoin and other Creole musicians of that period on Cajun music.
Cajun and Zydeco Dance Music in Northern California: Modern Pleasures in a Postmodern World (American Made Music Series) by Mark F. DeWitt