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Geno Delafose

Geno Delafose is a standard-bearer for traditional zydeco, the popular music of the Creoles, or black Francophones, who have lived alongside the Cajuns for centuries. In an evolution that parallels what has happened in the Anglophone South, black French music has seen a startling and imaginative evolution over the last century that often left the white French music looking rather stolid and conservative by comparison. Delafose's father, John Delafose, helped set off the latest wave of zydeco, bringing people back to the rhythmically unstoppable button accordion.
       Delafose took over his father's band a few years back, and he has proved himself one of the most versatile musicians in south Louisiana. Moving with ease between the one, two, and three-row button accordions and the piano accordion favored by zydeco king Clifton Chenier, he can play everything from old-fashioned waltzes, two-steps and jurés to blues and soul hits. At Slim's Y-ki-ki in Opelousas, he fills the floor with nimble dancers whose ages encompass three generations and more of zydeco tradition.
       Back home in Eunice, Delafose tends to his other passion, keeping up a stable of six fine riding horses. With his white cowboy hat and colorful shirts, he exemplifies a cowboy tradition that -- though few Northerners know it -- was never limited to white Anglo-Saxons. Delafose dreams of a crossover into country music and, between the rollicking energy of his music and his engaging cowboy persona, he seems perfectly suited to bring zydeco to this wider audience.

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       An in-depth Website on Geno from his booking agency

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