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Zydeco Nation

Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival
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Long Beach Bayou and Blues Festival

Zydeco Nation is an hour-long, music-rich documentary that tells the story about an epic chapter in modern American history. Starting during World War II, French-speaking Louisiana Creoles began moving across the country to Northern California in search of both jobs and freedom.

They were part of the Great Migration: the movement of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to the big cities of the West, North, and Midwest starting in 1915. The Creoles came from the rice and cane fields of South Louisiana and East Texas. They brought with them the musical soundtrack to their lives back home. Zydeco Nation tells the story of these migrants, the culture they built, and the music that made them famous.

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