The California Council for the Humanities has awarded a $30,000 grant for a radio program entitled Zydeco in California (scroll down to view). As the grant description says: “Zydeco in California is a one-hour, character-driven radio documentary on the zydeco community of northern California. The project explores issues surrounding the assertion and maintenance of ethnic identity through the re-creation of the musical culture of one’s original home. Zydeco artists such as Queen Ida, Ray Stevens and André Thierry will be interviewed.” Let’s hope it’s widely distributed.
To learn more on this topic, see my friend Mark DeWitt’s book Cajun and zydeco dance music in Northern California : Modern pleasures in a post-modern world.