October 06, 2013 11:35:40 AM

Clifton Chenier King of Zydeco


Opelousas, La.


In the 1960's down in southwest Cajun Creole La., while growing up in an extremely segregated place (incl HS)...we danced on the weekends to Clifton and his band and other black zydeco bands...even going to some of the black clubs where they played in Lafayette, Lawtell, St, Martinville, Breaux Bridge, Cankton, etc.

We were always welcome. It was such a positive response to the way we were "taught" to view the black culture down there.

Grammy awarded Clifton is deceased, but so many of the living zydeco and cajun bands continue to provide the greatest crossover influence down there...when I return to visit, it is still mostly segregated socially and many of the schools because of the economic conditions. So the music seeks to change that in a very powerful fashion.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!!!!!


Caroline McGee



Comments [1]

Nancy Candoff from Florida

I've heard his music. This was a good choice of a nomination.

Oct. 07 2013 08:01 PM

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