Zydeco Music is a unique form of musical expression that originated in rural southwest Louisiana. Locally known as "la la" music, Zydeco music was formed and forged in a time best forgotten--a time when African-Americans had to struggle in the fields from sunup to sundown as sharecroppers so that their children might reap a better life.
It was these backbreaking hard times that help to define one of the most vibrant and successful musical traditions in the world. The phrase "Zydeco sont pas sale'" means "The snapbeans are not Salty" in Creole French, and the music draws upon French, Creole, West African, Cajun, Caribbean, and R & B musical traditions. Zydeco Music is characterized by the use of the accordion, spoons, scrubboard, fiddle and triangle.
Opelousas Louisiana is the birth place of Zydeco music.
I love to dance to that red hot, foot stompin' Zydeco music!
"La la" music is the traditional music of the black Creoles from southwest Louisiana. The modern version of "la la" music is called "zydeco".
Older people love to dance to traditional la la music, and younger people in the Zydeco Nation prefer Zydeco music.
Amede' Ardoin was the first creole musician to record traditional "la la" music, whereas Clifton Chenier is considered the "King of Zydeco music."