In Celebration of Black History Month in February,
“Zydeco Nation” is an hour-long radio special created by independent producers Richard Ziglar and Barry Yeoman.
This compelling documentary traces the journey of the Creole musical style known as “zydeco” as it travels from its birthplace in the bayous of Louisiana to a new home in the Bay Area of California. Ziglar and Yeoman craft the story using interviews with people who migrated from Louisiana to California, beginning in World War II, to escape the racial discrimination prevalent in the South and to find jobs in the shipping and defense industries. Despite being thousands of miles from their roots, they worked hard to keep their Creole culture, and its signature sound, alive.
The musicians and dancers who underwent this migration tell their stories of rebuilding their lives and their community. They also share how younger musicians are keeping zydeco alive in the next generation, in the hopes that Creole traditions will continue to thrive in California.
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