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There is country-western music, a mariachi performance by The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, zydeco music, flamenco dancers, Native American performances and a show by the Mixteco Ballet Folklorico.
And among the more festive bookings is Houston native J Paul Jr. and the Zydeco Nubreeds, who serve up a modern take on Cajun and zydeco music.
A few years ago, in an unpopular decision, the Recording Academy collapsed a range of disparate styles — polka, zydeco, Hawaiian, Native American music and more — into one category, best regional roots music album.
Ardoin’s songs of a lost love named Joline and life as an orphan helped to lay the foundation for modern Cajun music and zydeco.
This new concert series honors the great jazz, blues and zydeco musicians of Houston in free concerts taking place in three parks.
Tasty jambalaya, bead tossing and zydeco music will let the good times roll Feb. 13 at the 27th Mardi Gras for Homeless Children.
Nine contests around the state feature polka, Cajun, zydeco and conjunto accordion music.
The festive post-race party includes live zydeco music, the Muddy Bowl Crawfish Cook-Off and children's activities.
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The History of zydeco
You might say that the lively form of music known as zydeco is full of beans, etymologically speaking. Legend has it that the word zydeco originated in the lyrics of Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés, a popular Cajun dance tune. Loosely translated, the song's title means "the beans are not salty," and when spoken in French Creole, les haricots (French for beans) sounds something like "zydeco." "Zydeco" first appeared in print in 1960 and has been used to describe this kind of music ever since.
ZYDECO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of zydeco for English Language Learners
: a type of lively popular music originally from southern Louisiana
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