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  • Dirk Powell & Happy Traum - Learn to Play Cajun Accordion #1

  • The one-row button accordion creates the defining sound that drives the waltzes and two-steps beloved by enthusiasts of Cajun music, both in its nativ
    The one-row button accordion creates the defining sound that drives the waltzes and two-steps beloved by enthusiasts of Cajun music, both in its native territory and throughout the world. Even if you werent lucky enough to be born and raised in southwest Louisiana, you can still learn to play authentic Cajun accordion! Dirk Powell, accordionist in the popular band Balfa Toujours, gives you all the tools youll need to play this dynamic instrument. Although basically quite simple in structure, in the hands of a good traditional player the Cajun accordion takes on a variety of interesting complexities. Dirk Powell has studied legendary players such as Bois Sec Ardoin, Nathan Abshire and others, and has incorporated their styles and techniques into his own playing. He is able to impart their characteristic subtleties and nuances to non-Cajun players in a clear and logical method. As an added bonus, Dirks wife and musical partner, Christine Balfa (daughter of famed Cajun fiddler Dewey Balfa), joins him on rhythm guitar and vocals to perform the tunes he teaches.
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  • Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-made Music

  • Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American-made Music
    In 1946, Harry Choates, a Cajun fiddle virtuoso, changed the course of American musical history when his recording of the so-called Cajun national anthem "Jole Blon" reached number four on the national Billboard charts. Cajun music became part of the Amer
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  • Mocean Melvin & Jimmie DeRanus - Cajun Pawn Stars: Season 1

  • Small-town life means big-time business in the newest HISTORY® series Cajun Pawn Stars. Follow Jimmie "Big Daddy" Deramus, owner of the largest pa
    Small-town life means big-time business in the newest HISTORY® series Cajun Pawn Stars. Follow Jimmie "Big Daddy" Deramus, owner of the largest pawn shop in Louisiana, as he transacts a rural spin on community sales incorporating everything from donkeys to swine to Civil War guns. With the help of his little brother and feisty daughter Tammie, plus a host of quirky sellers, Jimmies shop transitions from trading post to town square, bank and. asylum. "Several shows in one: in addition to education and salesmanship, it offers domestic comedy in the byplay among family members." -New York Times
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  • Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance

  • Disenchanting Les Bons Temps: Identity and Authenticity in Cajun Music and Dance
    The expression laissez les bons temps roulerâ "let the good times roll"â conveys the sense of exuberance and good times associated with southern Louisianaâ s vibrant cultural milieu. Yet, for Cajuns, descendants of French settlers exiled from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century, this sense of celebration has always been mixed with sorrow. By focusing on Cajun music and dance and the ways they convey the dual experiences of joy and pain, Disenchanting Les Bons Temps illuminates the complexities of Cajun culture. Charles J. Stivale shows how vexed issues of cultural identity and authenticity are negotiated through the rich expressions of emotion, sensation, sound, and movement in Cajun music and dance. Stivale combines his personal knowledge and love of Cajun music and dance with the theoretical insights of Gilles Deleuze and F ©lix Guattari to consider representations of things Cajun. He examines the themes expressed within the lyrics of the Cajun musical repertoire and reflects on the ways Cajun cultural practices are portrayed in different genres including feature films, documentaries, and instructional dance videos. He analyzes the dynamic exchanges between musicians, dancers, and spectators at such venues as bars and music festivals. He also considers a number of thorny socio-political issues underlying Cajun culture, including racial tensions and linguistic isolation. At the same time, he describes various efforts by contemporary musicians
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