The New York Times has a recent article about several things, but it’s mostly about how important Amédé Ardoin remains decades after his death. Ardoin was one of the critical figures in Cajun, Creole and zydeco music. His wrote a huge number of songs still played at festivals and in dance halls. A former Louisiana state poet laureate is heading up a fundraising drive to create a statue to Ardoin. The white poet turns out to be a cousin to octogenarian Creole Goldman Thibodeaux, one of the last surviving Creole musicians. According to the article, when he was eight, he heard Ardoin play. The article meanders around, covering these topics, and it’s worth reading.
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