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Cajun Music

Louisiana’s Cajun music has been influenced by a rich blend of musical traditions.

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Cajun Music

Cajun and Zydeco Photos, David Simpson

Cajun musician D.L. Menard, c. 2010.

Cajun music comes from southwest Louisiana and has roots in Acadian traditions, from the ancestors of the Cajuns. Cajun music also borrows from Irish, African, German, and Appalachian music traditions. Cajun music has been influenced by Western swing, rock ‘n’ roll, and country music. A typical modern Cajun band includes accordion, fiddle, guitar, bass, and drums. Other instruments, including the pedal steel guitar and the triangle (or ’tit fer), are also common.