Various Artists Classic Sounds Of New Orleans

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Release Date: 7/27/2010
Smithsonian Folkways
Various Artists - Classic Sounds Of New Orleans

A New Orleans tradition, Mardi Gras Indians are black men masked in Native American-themed Carnival suits & perform chants deeply rooted in the African American oral tradition.

Honoring the resistance of American Indians to oppression, they emerged as a response to segregated Mardi Gras celebrations. The call & response, improvisation & polyrhythm characterizing their uniquely self-reflexive songs have been a source of inspiration for countless Crescent City musicians, including Jelly Roll Morton, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, & The Neville Brothers.

Sam Charters brought together & taped this group from various tribes as they walked through the French Quarter.

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