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Young musicians cling to Cajun, zydeco traditions

3 years 5 months 8 hours ago April 26, 2013 Apr 26, 2013 Friday, April 26 2013 April 26, 2013 11:27 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Members of the Cajun band T'Monde are young, but they like their music old.

The band of 20-somethings opened the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Friday with century-old, fiddle-heavy Cajun tunes.

As music fans wielding folding chairs and umbrellas filed through the gates of the Fair Grounds horse racing track, band leader and accordion player, Drew Simon, sang in Cajun French.

T'Monde loosely translated means "little world" or "little people." The group opened one of the festival's 12 stages Friday. Also on the lineup were Dr. John, blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., John Mayer, George Benson and Terrance Simien.

Jazz Fest continues through Sunday and May 2-5.

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