L’Union Créole at the Music Box Grand Opening [fr]
GRAND OPENING PERFORMANCE!
6:30 and 8:30pm
$20 advance / $25 at the door
Join musician Dédé Saint-Prix all the way from Martinique, Sunpie Barnes, the Louisiana Sunspots, and L’Union Créole — a who’s who of Louisiana-based Creole musicians at the Grand Opening of New Orleans Airlift’s Music Box Village!
Sunpie opens the door to the Créole diaspora using music, dance and language, uniting a seminal cultural history and taking audiences on a journey from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean to Louisiana with unique sights and sounds.
The New York Times writes of Dédé Saint Prix: “Mr. Saint-Prix is one of Martinique’s finest band leaders, a singer, flutist and percussionist who has found a way to make peace between older traditions and the more modern zouk music from the French Antilles."
L’Union Créole is part of an ongoing project led by Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots, in collaboration with the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, and the Neighborhood Story Project, to document, create, and celebrate Creole music and literature from Louisiana, and connect the art forms to Creole cultures and languages in the Caribbean and beyond.
Louisiana Creole is a linguistic amalgamation based in 17th and 18th century French, sprinkled with African proverbs and incorporating some Spanish and Native American words. For enslaved Africans, Creole was a language built out of necessity; allowing people who spoke many different languages to be able to communicate. For Louisiana’s gens de couleur, or free people of color population, Creole was a language identified with both the descendants of French Colonists and enslaved Africans.
Today, Louisiana Creole can be called an endangered language, as it is being abandoned by younger generations. The primary impetus for the National Park Service to host a Creole residency is to pair Louisiana musicians, who speak and write music in fluent Creole, with musicians from Guadeloupe and Martinique, where Creole is a primary language.
Many of the songs performed by L’Union Creole are part of the upcoming CD and book project, Le Kèr Creole: Compositions from Louisiana, which features original and historical songs written in Louisiana Creole with English translations. Le Kèr Creole will reunite Louisiana Creole with the places that created it while also sharing it with the greater world.
For more information, visit BeFrench.org.
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