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Sleepy Rosie Tell me about Cajun Ballads? (19) Tell me about Cajun Ballads? 07 Mar 09

While surfing around YouTube for folk songs t'other day, I stumbled on some postings of Cajun music.
This was the first piece of Cajun music I ever heard, and thought it was fantastic! Rosalie

So then I did a search for a little info and looked up the Wiki entry for Cajun Music
And one quote really stood out and took my interest:

From Wiki:

"LYRICS: The unaccompanied ballad was the earliest form of Cajun music. The narrative songs often had passionate themes of death, solitude or ill-fated love — a reaction to their harsh exile and rough frontier experience, as well as celebrations of love and humorous tales. Ballads were ritually sung at weddings and funerals, and sung informally for small groups of people at house parties as the food cooked and young children played.
The early songs were mixtures of la la, contredanses, reels and jigs and other folk influences from black, white and Native American traditions. Early song lyrics were entirely in Cajun French. Though French language is still common, some Cajun music today is sung in English with younger singers and audiences."

I'd really like to find out a little more about these old Unaccompanied Cajun Ballads??
Can anyone tell me more...?

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