What Is Zy­deco?

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Zy­deco is a fast- paced, toe- tap­ping south­west Louisiana mu­si­cal form blend­ing “la la” Cre­ole mu­sic with rhythm and blues. The un­usu­ally fast tempo is dom­i­nated by the ac­cor­dion and a form of a wash­board or frot­toir. Zy­deco mu­sic was orig­i­nally cre­ated at house dances, where fam­i­lies and friends gath­ered for so­cial­iz­ing. “Fais Do- Do” is a name for a Ca­jun dance party. It lit­er­ally means “Go to sleep” and was the re­quest of moth­ers want­ing their ba­bies to go to sleep so they could join the party and dance.

— D. Y.

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