In the 19th century there was already a mixture of French, Spanish, African and Afro-Caribbean music. The city had a great love for Opera ; many operatic works had their first performances in the New World in New Orleans.
Unlike in the Protestant colonies of what would become the USA , African slaves and their descendants were not prohibited from performing their traditional music in New Orleans and the surrounding areas. The African slaves, many from the Caribbean islands, were allowed to gather on Sundays, their day off, on a plaza known as Congo Square. Permitted as early as , dancing in New Orleans had been restricted to the square, which was a hotbed of musical fusion, as African styles from across America and the Caribbean met and danced in large groups, often in circle dances.
The Congo Square gatherings became well known, and many whites came to watch and listen. Nevertheless, by , opposition from whites in New Orleans and an influx of blacks elsewhere in the U.
The tradition of mass dances in Congo Square continued sporadically, though it came to have more in common with minstrelsy than with authentic African traditions. Caribbean dances known to have been imported to Louisiana include the calenda , Congo, counjai, and bamboula. A number of his works incorporate rhythms and music he heard performed by African slaves.
In addition to the slave population, antebellum New Orleans also had a large population of free people of color , mostly Creoles of mixed African and European heritage who worked as tradesmen. The more prosperous Creoles sent their children to be educated in France. They had their own dance bands, an opera company, and a symphony orchestra. The community produced such composers as Edmund Dede and Basil Bares.
After the American Civil War many Creole musicians became music teachers, teaching the use of European instruments to the newly freed slaves and their descendants. Probably the single most famous style of music to originate in the city was New Orleans jazz , also known as Dixieland. It came into being around Many with memories of the time say that the most important figure in the formation of the music was Papa Jack Laine who enlisted hundreds of musicians from all of the cities diverse ethnic groups and social status.
Most of these musicians became instrumental in forming jazz music including Buddy Bolden , Bunk Johnson and the members of Original Dixieland Jazz Band. At first the music was known by various names such as "hot music", "hot ragtime" and "ratty music"; the term " jazz " early on often spelled "jass" did not become common until the s. The next generation took the young art form into more daring and sophisticated directions, with such creative musical virtuosos as Louis Armstrong , Sidney Bechet , and Red Allen.
New Orleans was a regional Tin Pan Alley music composing and publishing center through the s, and was also an important center of ragtime. The blues that developed in the s and s in and around the city of New Orleans was strongly influenced by jazz and incorporated Caribbean influences, it is dominated by piano and saxophone but has also produced major guitar bluesmen. Louis Prima demonstrated the versatility of the New Orleans tradition, taking a style rooted in traditional New Orleans jazz into swinging hot music popular into the rock and roll era.
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Thus, the meaning that times are rough. To mail order their CD's in the U. The first zydeco rubboard made to Chenier's design was made at Chenier's request by their fellow Louisianan, Willie Landry, a master welder-fabricator, who was also working at the refinery. The zydeco rubboard, designed specifically for the genre solely as a percussion instrument, is in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
Other instruments common in zydeco include the old world accordion which is found in folk and roots music globally, guitar , bass guitar , drums , Cajun fiddle , and occasionally horns, keyboards, spoons , and triangles. Zydeco music is featured in the video game The Sims: Unleashed  when traveling to Old Town on the Shuttle Bus while the game loads Old Town , during building mode in Old Town, as well as other scenarios. The theme of the game, with its new lots and music, is considered cajun or zydeco.
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Arcade Publishing. In Bulger, Peggy A. Musical Roots of the South. Southern Arts Federation. Black Music Research Journal. However, Charles died of a heart attack at age 45, only eight months after his father's death. Charles is buried in the same Lake Charles cemetery as his father.
Following Charles' death, Poncho Chavis kept the Magic Sounds band going, including a tribute performance to his father at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival,  just four months after his brother's death and less than a year after his father's passing. Photos of both Boozoo and Charles graced the stage at the Jazz Fest show. In , five of Boozoo Chavis' grandsons started a band named The Dog Hill Stompers, partly to keep their grandfather's legacy alive. They released their debut album Keeping the Tradition in , and also performed for the first time at Boozoo's Labor Day Festival in Chavis founded the "Labor Day Dog Hill Festival" in  as a fan appreciation party,  but also to showcase zydeco musicians and to keep the zydeco tradition alive.
After Boozoo's death, the festival was renamed as Boozoo's Labor Day Festival to celebrate his legacy and love of zydeco music. Other musicians have acknowledged Chavis's influence and legacy by writing songs about him. In the song, Chavis is described as "the king of zydeco".
Several zydeco, Cajun, and musicians from other genres appeared on a tribute album titled Boozoo Hoodoo! From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American zydeco musician, singer and songwriter. This list is incomplete ; you can help by expanding it. Chicago, IL. Weekend Plus section, Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved September 29, Blues: A Regional Experience. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger. Retrieved November 25, OffBeat Magazine.
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