Putumayo Presents: Cajun

Putumayo Presents: Cajun

Putumayo Presents: Cajun

Putumayo Presents: Cajun


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Spurred on by the commercial success of their Zydeco release, Putumayo World Music has offered up a second helping of Southwest Louisianan musical vittles with Cajun. Essentially the flip side of zydeco -- which is a predominately Creole genre that's "a little jazz, a little blues, a little French, and a little rhythm 'n' blues" -- Cajun music is a rural genre that has grown out of French folk songs and other European stylings. This follow-up compilation includes 12 cuts, each recorded by a different Cajun band. With lyrics sung in French, and melodies primarily played on accordions and fiddles, the contemporary Cajun groups featured on this colorful compilation should give the listener a good introduction into today's Cajun scene. From Filé's opening track, "Pont de Vue," to the closing number by the Jambalaya Cajun Band, Cajun's optimistic ideology -- "laissez les bon temps roulez," or "let the good times roll" -- beams through and through. Perhaps in an effort to reinforce this "good times" vibe, all but one of the 12 cuts heard on Cajun are upbeat two-stepping numbers that drive one to knee slapping. The lone exception, David Doucet's "Balfa Waltz," reveals the moodier side of Cajun aesthetics. Though some Cajun purists may wince at the lack of waltzes -- and at some of the rock- and country-influenced cuts on the compilation -- Cajun does provide a very good introduction to the genre as it exists today. Extensive liner notes -- which offers an overview of Cajun music, a description of each track, and a recipe for red beans and rice -- help make this release educational and savory as well.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/09/2001
Label: Putumayo World Music
UPC: 0790248018423
catalogNumber: 184


  1. Pont de Vue
  2. Acadie À la Louisiane
  3. Let's Dance Two-Step
  4. Jolie Bassette
  5. Beau Geste
  6. The Corner Post
  7. L' Oranger
  8. Les Tracas de Todd Balfa
  9. Balfa Waltz
  10. Hey la Bas
  11. Lafayette Breakdown
  12. Les Flammes d'Enfer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mamou Playboys   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bruce Daigrepont   Contributor
Jambalaya   Contributor
Filé   Contributor
Hadley J. Castille   Contributor
Canray Fontenot   Composer
Cajun Playboys   Contributor
Berard   Contributor
David Doucet   Contributor
Marce Lacouture   Contributor
Errol Verret   Contributor
Balfa Toujours   Contributor
Dan Storper   Executive Producer
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Composer
Nicola Heindl   Illustrations
A. Ardoin   Composer
Pott Folse   Contributor
Charivari   Contributor

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