Allons – Music & Culture

The healing and unifying qualities of music played an integral part in the salvation of the Acadian people. The personal discovery of local musicians, such as Clifton Chenier, led Zachary to understand the potential he had as an artist. Learn how these factors shaped his mission to continue Acadiana’s musical tradition to its thriving culture.

“Music was a big part of the community. Everybody sort of played music, knew somebody that played music, loved music or knew how to dance. Music has always been a fundamental aspect of this culture which is different I think. It really makes this culture distinct in as much as that music is such an important element.”

“Music is important to our Anglo American neighbors, blue grass, country music, all of those things were part of their culture and therefore part of our culture when those communities arrived here. I don’t want to make a big thing about the tragedy of the Acadian deportation, but it seems to me that music is one of the things that allowed the Acadians to overcome that experience or at least to go through it.”

“You find a lot of similarities between the Acadian community in Canada, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Louisiana that music is a real fundamental part of life. I grew up listening to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles and everything that everybody else was listening to in my generation in America. But then, in 1965, I got Clifton Chenier’s first long playing album on Arhoolie Records called Black Snake Blues and it changed my life because I understood there was music that was created here, in this place, which could be as powerful as anything that was created anywhere else.”

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