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Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival (1984)




Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Plaisance, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-09-23

Duration: 00:10:16

Subjects: Music festivals | Zydeco music | Chenier, Clifton, 1925-1987


  • Hinton, Rob Host
  • Spitzer, Nick Interviewee
  • Hunt, Vera Interviewee
  • Chenier, Clifton Speaker
  • Collins, Luke Interviewee


This segment from the September 23, 1984, episode of the series “Folks” features Rob Hinton’s visit to the 2nd Annual Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival in Plaisance. This report includes: an interview with Nick Spitzer of the Louisiana Folklife Program on the origins of zydeco music; an interview with Vera Hunt, the festival chairwoman, on the meaning of the word “zydeco”; a speech by Clifton Chenier; an interview with Luke Collins, a zydeco disc jockey, on the impact of Chenier on zydeco music; and a performance by Clifton Chenier and his band.