We Recommend: Cajun and zydeco CDs and LPs
Cajun music, and its cousin, zydeco, are musical forms that originated in south Louisiana. Cajun music ranges from small to large ensembles, from folk to pop, country and rock styles, and is available to hear in the Monroe Library, on CD and LP. Cajun is usually sung in a local form of French and played on violin, small accordion, guitar, bass, and drums. Zydeco can be in French or English and features large accordions, electric guitar and bass, rubboard, and sometimes saxophone and trumpet. There’s a large original group of songs, like the Valse de Bayou Teche and the Eunice two step, with some English pop, rock and country tunes. We have recordings by giants like Clifton Chenier, BeauSoleil, the Balfa Brothers, and Amedé Ardoin. We have CD and vinyl recordings; click here to do a catalog search.