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November 2014

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All week on World Cafe David Dye will be sharing the sessions, stories and sounds of Sense of Place: Lafayette.  When the World Cafe team went down to Louisiana last month they explored the city from front to back, meeting new music friends like yesterday's featured artists Royal Teeth, stopping in at Olde Tyme Grocery for authentic po' boys (thanks to a tip from old music friends Givers) and visiting Lake Martin (pictured above) to spot some local wildlife. Read more.

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Allons Danser welcomes zydeco musicians Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys to Norristown's Holy Saviour Club on Saturday, December 13th for a holiday potluck and dance party. Read more.

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Credit: Terrance Simien | photo by Aigars Lapsa

In a recent interview with Daily World, Creole musician Terrance Simien discussed the heritage of the term "zydeco," which was known as "la la music" in the early twentieth century, and a few theories about the term's origination. Read more.

Listen to a new song by J Paul Jr. & The Zydeco Nubreeds

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J Paul Jr. and The Zydeco Nubreeds comes from a new generation of zydeco players, and takes traditional zydeco and mixes it with hip-hop, R&B and a little gospel. Check out the Snoop Dogg lyrical references on this new song, "Uno." Read more here.

Learning to zydeco dance with Harold Guillory

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All the way from Lake Charles, Louisiana, zydeco dance instructor Harold Guillory will be joining the party on Saturday, December 6th when Allons Danser and Zydeco Crossroads present Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble live in concert at District N9NE (formerly the Starlight Ballroom) in Philadelphia for a live concert, dance party and broadcast. Read more here.

Artist Spotlight: Corey Ledet

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Part of the new generation restoring the heritage of Louisiana Creoles, Corey Ledet spent summers in Parks, Louisiana growing up though he was born in Houston, Texas. Ledet was influenced by Zydeco masters John Delafose, Beau Jocque, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier and Boozoo Chavis and today he plays classic, original and borrowed songs. Read more.

Recipe: Chubby’s Creole Chicken Cooked in Tomato Sauce

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New Orleans radio station WWOZ 90.7 FM published That Sounds Good! A Cookbook Celebrating 30 Years of WWOZ in 2013, compiling some authentic and favorite southern dishes submitted by Louisiana musicians and WWOZ members and staff. Here we share a selection of recipes reprinted from the cookbook, which can be purchased here. Read more.

Put on your boots: The five best Zydeco dancing videos

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Credit: Zydeco dancing at the Blue Moon Saloon | photo by John Vettese

Zydeco isn't just all about the music, it's also all about the dancing.  Check out Jambalaya Magazine's list of the five best Zydeco dancing videos on YouTube and get ready for the Zydeco Crossroads Dance Party on 12/6. Read more.

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Listen to Creole United recorded live in concert at the Blue Moon Saloon in Lafayette, Louisiana. Read more here.

Zydeco is not Cajun music

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Zydeco is not Cajun music, despite what you may have heard in the media. OK, repeat after me - black. Now, say this word - Creole. Let's put the word the words together - black Creole. Good. That didn't hurt, did it? If we can say the words "black Creole" and the world doesn't explode, why are my brethren in the media afraid to do the same? Read more.