Monday, March 06, 2006

Canadian Cajuns

Most of you know the story of Louisiania's cajuns. Most early Acadians originated in the Centre-Ouest region of France and had settled in what is now Nova Scotia. After their expulsion in 1755, the Acadians headed down the Atlantic coast making several stops trying to establish new settlements. Driven from these new settlements also, they wound up in the bayous of south Louisiania, which was a French territory at the time.

Dictionaries generally define Cajun as "a Louisianian who descends from French-speaking Acadians." I suppose that is roughly correct. However, many common Cajun surnames — such as, Soileau, Romero, Huval, Fontenot — are not Acadian in origin, but are Spanish, German or French Creole. The original Acadians married into other ethnic families in the region and their music became a blend also.

Whith the increased popularity of cajun and zydeco music around the world, it was inevitable that this unique music of Louisiania would make the round trip back to Canada. I recently came across two bands that have taken the music of south Louisiania and brought it back home with them.

Zydeco Loco was formed in 1996 by members of two Ottawa bands , the Suicide Kings and Mumbo Jumbo Voodoo Combo to bring their love of zydeco music to the dance floors of Ottawa.

-(update) Pictured above is Tornoto-based Swamperella (I had incorrectley identified them as Zydeco Loco). Looks like they're having fun! Cold, but fun!

Way out west in British Columbia, Mojo Zydeco came into being after a few of the band's members visited New Orleans in 2001. After experiencing the Zydeco culture, they decided to bring some of it home with them, and formed Zydeco Mojo upon their return to Vancouver.

Zydeco Loco - Po' Boy Zydeco.mp3

Mojo Zydeco - Ain't No Secret.mp3

3 Comments:

Blogger Mr. Beer N. Hockey said...

In typical Canadian fashion I am going to politely say nothing about the fiddle player's legs. My oh my! Hoo! Damn that country has some great loking gals!

March 08, 2006 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey...the band in the picture is actually called Swamperella and they are from Toronto. And Soozi does have nice legs.

March 09, 2006 3:04 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

Thanks for the correction! You are absolutley right. I am familliar with Swamperella. I don't know how I mixed the two, must have been paying too much attention to those legs!

March 09, 2006 7:02 PM  

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