Thursday, April 20, 2006

Zydeco Artist Sings The Blues About The Lack Of Cajun Grammys

LAFAYETTE, La. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Zydeco artist Terence Simien is singing the blues these days because there’s no Grammy award given to cajun or zydeco artists.

For the last five years, Simien has been lobbying the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences – which puts on the Grammy Awards – to honor cajun-oriented performers with their own category.

Simien’s request goes up before Grammy officials next month and he’s hopeful because he’s done a lot of groundwork to make his case, including increasing the number of Grammy voters who are also zydeco musicians from six to 100.

He says it’s important for zydeco to get credit because the music “reminds people of New Orleans.”

But the zydeco Grammy isn’t the only thing on Simien’s plate: He’ll be playing the New Orleans Jazz Fest on April 28 for the 20th consecutive time but admits this performance will be extra special.

As he puts it, “If the world ever needed Jazz Fest, it was now. We’re bringing it to the people.”

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