Biography: Zydeco Crayz
ZYDECO CRAYZ has been a favorite of fans of Louisiana roots music for nearly a decade, performing at major concerts, festivals, corporate events, Mardi Gras celebrations, crawfish boils, weddings, dances, and parties. ZYDECO CRAYZ's music includes everything from waltzes, Louisiana swing, swamp pop, second line, and Creole blues, to hard-rockin' zydeco. Come dance and pass a good time to the hot and spicy rhythms of ZYDECO CRAYZ.
Zydeco is a lively style of music and dance from the southwest prairies and swamps of Louisiana. It's a gumbo of Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, blues, rhythm & blues, and soul. Zydeco features the rubboard, accordion, guitar, bass, and drums. It's the music of the Creole people, not the Cajuns, and it first appeared in the 1950's. The word "zydeco" comes from a Creole expression in French, "Les haricots sont pas sales." (The snap beans aren't salty.), meaning times were too tough to buy salt pork to season the beans. The words "les haricot" sound like "zydeco". In the mid-1950's, Clifton Chenier was the undisputed "King of Zydeco" and his song "Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales" became a national hit. Thereafter, the music was known as Zydeco.
How Do I Dance To Zydeco?
It's easy! Zydeco dancing is either a two-step, or a waltz. It's couples-dancing. The zydeco two-step isn't a traveling dance--you just pick your spot on the dance floor. If you're waltzing, you and your partner travel counter-clockwise around the dance floor. ZYDECO CRAYZ can give you and your guests a dance lesson at your party!
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