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Louisiana French Music: The Heart and Soul of Acadiana

"Louisiana French Music" was originally written as part of a monthly series of supplements to The Daily Advertiser newspaper focusing on the history of the region of south Louisiana called Acadiana, home of the “Cajuns,” as they have become popularly known. This project was undertaken by historian and journalist Jim Bradshaw who documented music indigenous to southwest Louisiana using text, sound recordings and old photos of master musicians of the past. The project highlights the general passage of Cajun and Creole music and traces Cajun music from its Acadian, French, Creole, and Anglo Saxon origins to the development of Swamp Pop and Cajun Revival. It also observes the African and Caribbean traditions' contributions to zydeco.

The submission includes a 91 page essay by Mr. Bradshaw; a CD by Moïse and Alida Viator; a guide to lyrics, translations, and pronunciation; a folder of newspaper clippings from The Daily Advertiser; and a copy of the original newspaper supplement dated December 29, 1998.

Originally submitted by: Christopher John, Representative (7th District).

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