Desiree Champagne, of Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole, is shown here singing harmony vocals and playing a rubboard
, a crucial percussion element in Creole and zydeco
music. Technically speaking, the instrument she's playing is called a frottoir
, and it was designed by the King of Zydeco himself, Mr. Clifton Chenier
, and his friend, metalworker Willy Landry. This vest style of frottoir
is almost universally seen among modern zydeco bands, but before its invention, a standard laundry washboard would've been commonly used as a percussion instrument.