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Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco is a CD and live show created by musician and educator Terrance Simien. He's taken the show on the road up and down the eastern seaboard, including a special presentation at the Berklee College of Music for its American Roots Music and African Studies visiting arts program, to educate students about creole culture and music.

On June 6th the program will be presented at a free event in conjunction with Celebrate Brooklyn! at the Prospect Park Bandshell. Read more

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Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy our playlist of zydeco flavored tunes for Fat Tuesday by Queen Ida, Clifton Chenier, Rockin' Dopsie, Jr. (pictured above), Beau Jocque, and Terrance Simien […] Read More

A look back at zydeco at the Grammys

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From 2008 to 2011 Louisiana artists were given special attention at the GRAMMY Awards with their own Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category. A dozen bands were nominated during that time, including Lost Bayou Ramblers for Live: Á La Blue Moon  in 2008, Cedric Watson for his self-titled record in 2009 and Pine Leaf Boys a record four times. Read more.

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Creole for Kidz & The History of Zydeco is a CD and live show created by musician and educator Terrance Simien. He's taken the show on the road up and down the eastern seaboard, including a special presentation at the Berklee College of Music for its American Roots Music and African Studies visiting arts program. 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.