Explore your heritage: a celebration of cultures in song

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Music is as fundamental to us as the food we eat and the clothes we wear. As cultures developed, so too did the melodies and rhythms that helped to define them. Some music arose to tell tales of harsh life in a young country while others took the place of a shared language. In the end, music has made a huge cultural impact on our lives. The Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales partners with the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs to present Explore Your Heritage: A Celebration of Cultures in Song, a celebration of the impact music has played on the different cultures that has shaped our history. Let’s pay tribute to our Louisiana roots. These events will all begin at 6:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 20, Todd Mouton, author of Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music, will join us for a book talk and discussion to be followed by a book signing. After the presentation, we will explore our rich musical heritage with three times Grammy nominee, Roddie Romero. He is celebrated not only for authenticity when performing or recording traditional Cajun and Zydeco music indigenous to South Louisiana, but also for his original songwriting which stays true to Louisiana inspirations. He will put on an energetic show which is bound to make everyone get up and dance.

On Thursday, September 21, come out to meet Freddi Williams Evans, author of Congo Square: African Roots in New Orleans for a book talk and discussion to be followed by a book signing. After the presentation, you will be in for a real musical treat. The Bamboula 2000 Imagination Tour Drum and Dance Troupe will trace the African roots of Louisiana through a musical interactive experience. This ensemble is unique in New Orleans because of its concentration on original music and dance based on the history of the gatherings of Africans, Free People of Color and equally important the

indigenous Native American populations of Louisiana in Congo Square. Founded and led by percussionist Luther Gray, Bamboula 2000 devotes considerable energies to cultural education.

Explore Your Heritage is sponsored by The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs (GCCA), a “sister-city” program that creates and strengthens cooperation at the municipal level, promotes cultural understanding, and stimulates economic development. For more information about the GCCA and its services, visit http://www.gonzalesculture.org.

For more information about these events, please call 647-3955.

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