'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette : World Cafe "All this was community," BeauSoleil's Michael Doucet says. "This was not meant for the world, in a sense. It was just for the community to get together and have a good time and share."

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

'Heathens From The Bayous': Cajun And Creole Culture In Lafayette

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Michael Doucet.

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On today's installment of World Cafe's Sense Of Place visit to Lafayette, La., we speak with Michael Doucet, who plays Cajun, Creole, zydeco and other traditional music as a founding member and fiddler of Lafayette band BeauSoleil.

Doucet guides us through the complex histories of Cajun and Creole music in Southwest Louisiana. The French peasants and African slaves from whose culture these musical styles originated had to fight to survive in the New World. But, as Doucet says about the decline in the French-speaking population of the region: "We might lose the language, but I think Cajun will continue. Because that's the Cajun way."

Doucet is also an adjunct professor at the University of Louisiana and a life-long Lafayette resident. On this page, hear two songs from a live World Cafe session with BeauSoleil, recorded in 1998.

BeauSoleil On World Cafe (1998)

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