Reliving the Golden Age of Cajun Music

Dedans le Sud de la Louisiane
Dedans le Sud de la Louisiane
This essential film about Cajun and Creole culture in southern Louisiana that was made in 1972 is now available on DVD. The Dedans le Sud de la Louisiane documentary focuses on the background of the French speakers in Louisiana, as well as their music and daily lives. The artists that appear on the film are part of what some have called the Golden Age of Cajun music. Some of the biggest names of the time are featured in live performances, jams and also in their daytime jobs. The impressive list includes Nathan Abshire, Alphonse Bois Sec" Ardoin, Clifton Chenier, the Balfa Brothers (Rodney & Dewey), Zachary Richard, and Canray Fontenot, many of whom have passed away.

French director Jean-Pierre Bruneau shows the melting pot that was formed when French-speaking white Acadians, expelled from Canada by the British,  mixed their culture with other Europeans and the Black Creole community. The archaic French spoken in the rural areas of the Louisiana bayous was not the purest, but it managed to survive despite the increasing influence of English in the area.

This film is now a classic and a fascinating portrait of the music of southern Louisiana.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. He was also the executive producer of the first Latino feature film made in North Carolina titled “Los sueños de Angélica.”.

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