Zydeco is the rollicking accordion-led dance music of Louisiana's Creole culture. It was invented by people of color whose ancestry included freed slaves and groups with whom they intermarried. It's not to be confused with the European-derived Cajun style created by descendants of French settlers from Nova Scotia. Zydeco, while as infectiously melodic, is rhythmically harder-edged than Cajun music and incorporates R&B, soul and hip-hop.
While popular lore places it in New Orleans, the groove actually developed in the countryside, where groups of Francophone musicians formed combos fronted by squeezeboxes and frottiors, a metal washboard peculiar to Zydeco which was adapted into a vest in the interest of efficiency. Modern bands commonly include electric guitars, bass and keyboards.
This set showcases some of the genre's indelible hits, from Rockin' Sidney's playfully belligerent My Toot Toot, to Clifton Chenier's Calinda, to Beau Joque's virile take on John Lee Hooker's Voodoo Chile.
1. Boogie Chillun - Beau Jocque
2. Jack Rabbit - Zydeco Joe
3. Hard To Stop - Buckwheat Zydeco
4. Madeline - Zydeco Force
5. Calinda - Clifton Chenier
6. Joe Pete Got Two Women - John Delafose
7. My Toot Toot - Rockin Sidney
8. Johnnie Billy Goat - Boozoo Chavis
9. Don't Bother Me - The Zydeco Blazers
10. Les Blues De Crowley - Amede Ardoin
11. Allons Danser - Canray Fontenot
12. Get On Boy - Keith Frank
13. Days Gone By - Rosie Ledet
14. Hard To Love Someone - Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas
15. Here To Stay - J. Paul Jr & The Zydeco Nubreedz
16. Blackberry - Donna Angelle & The Zydeco Posse
17. Gotta Find My Woman - Geno Delafose
18. All About You - Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'
19. Dreamin' - Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble
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