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North American Ethnic Music - Native American - Cajun/Zydeco - Quebec

Often, ethnic music can be found just outside your back door, you just have to know where to look for it. Explore North American musical traditions, such as Cajun, Zydeco, Native American, Quebecois, Polka, Appalachian Mountain Music (Old-Time), Cape Breton Fiddling, and more!

Zydeco Music 101
Zydeco music, and its close relative, Cajun music, is one of the most exciting and vibrant genres of world music in the world. It is the bluesy, highly syncopated music of the French speaking Creole people of Southwest Louisiana.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar 101
Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the most interesting forms of indigenous American folk music. Hawaiian slack key guitar is characterized by cross-tuning of the guitar strings and a distinctive bluesy sound created by highly embellished finger-picking.

Polka Music 101
Polka music is a form of European dance music which originated in what is now the Czech Republic. It migrated to the United States with Eastern European immigrants and remains quite popular in areas of the Midwest and Great Lakes Region.

Native American Flute Music Starter CDs
These eleven great CDs from Native North American flute masters are guaranteed to soothe, stimulate, and most importantly, open up a window to a beautiful ancient musical tradition that still thrives, despite adversity, in small pockets of culture in the United States today.

Traditional Cajun Music Starter CDs
In order to truly understand Cajun music, it's best to listen to some of the trailblazers of the genre. Here are ten great Cajun cds to get you started.

Essential Zydeco Music Starter CDs
Zydeco is a vibrant genre of music created by the fusion of African, French, Spanish, Native American, and other international influences, all of which came together in Southwest Louisiana. Get to know zydeco music with some of these essential starter CDs.

The Music of Cape Breton - CDs For Beginners
Cape Breton Island is the Celtic music capital of North America. The island's residents are largely descended from Scottish highlanders who settled there in the 18th and 19th centuries. They brought their music, dance, and language with them, and it has flourished on Cape Breton ever since.

Cajun and Zydeco Mardi Gras Songs
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Cajun Mardi Gras Celebrations
The country Mardi Gras celebrations in Southwest Louisiana are entirely different than the big-city bacchanalia of New Orleans celebrations.

Music for Mardi Gras
Need some music for your Mardi Gras Celebration? Look no further -- these Mardi Gras playlists include classic jazz, rock, New Orleans Mardi Gras music, and even Cajun and Zydeco Music. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

The Cajun Mardi Gras Song
The Cajun Mardi Gras Song, or "La Vielle Chanson de Mardi Gras," is a mainstay in Cajun Mardi Gras celebrations, and an important piece in the repertoire of any traditional Cajun Music band. "La Vielle Chanson de Mardi Gras," which translates to "The Old Mardi Gras Song," is thought to be based on a very old French Celtic melody.

What is the difference between Cajun Music and Zydeco?
The difference between Cajun Music and Zydeco is not solely an issue of race, it's a difference of influences. Embrace the differences between these two genres of Louisiana music.

What's Your Favorite Zydeco CD?
What's Your Favorite Zydeco CD? Readers share their picks with us.

Traditional Cajun Mardi Gras Musician Pictures
The Faquetigue Mardi Gras Courir is a popular, albeit somewhat "underground," annual Mardi Gras run in Southwest Louisiana's Cajun area. The Faquetigue Mardi Gras is a traditional run, with traditional costuming and lots and lots of music. Here are some pictures of some of the musicians and other participants at the run.

Favorite Mardi Gras Music - What is Your Favorite Music and Songs for Mardi Gras
What is your favorite music for Mardi Gras? Do you have a favorite song on your Mardi Gras playlist? Share your favorites and see what other Mardi Gras revelers have to say!

Which Musical Instruments are Used in a Cajun Band?
A description of the different musical instruments found in a traditional Cajun music band and their roles.

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