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Zydeco

A type of music from Louisiana and often confused with Cajun. One of the influences in the area was the African American slaves. Some slaves were freed before the Civil War and before Louisiana was taken from French and Spanish control. The descendents were therefore culturally rich, and with the added rhythms of Africa. The Cajun influenced the Creole culture and became Zydeco.

Zydeco music is Melodeon or Accordian based and with a characteristic Rub board  (frottoir) and the Waltz rarely features.

In the local patois, it is generally accepted (although with no great evidence) that the word derives from the phrase 'Les haricots sont pas salé' - The beans aren't salt, which might refer to hard times when salt meat wasn't available to season and flavour a meal.