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Cajun music

Music genre
NameCajun music
Stylistic originsballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada;
Cultural originsLate18th century Cajuns in Louisiana; German;
Typical instrumentsCajun accordion, Fiddle, Second Fiddle, Steel guitar, Guitar, Triangle, Harmonica, Bass guitar, Upright bass. In the 1930s string band era, Mandolin, Banjo.
Mainstream popularity1960s national interest; in US commercial advertising since the mid-1980s
Subgenresblack Creole
Subgenre listList of Cajun genres
Fusion genresSwamp pop, Zydeco

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Cajun music, an emblematic music of Louisiana, is rooted in the ballads of the French-speaking Acadians of Canada. Cajun music is often mentioned in tandem with the Creole-based, Cajun-influenced zydeco form, both of Acadiana origin. These French Louisiana sounds have influenced American popular music for many decades, especially country music, and have influenced pop culture through mass media, such as television commercials.


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