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THE KINGDOM OF ZYDECO
KINGDOM OF ZYDECO is both a cunning
little comedy of manners and a sweet-tempered celebration of
American roots music. It chronicles the
sea change that took place in the black Creole music scene of
southwest Louisiana with the deaths of both Clifton Chenier and
Rockin' Dopsie, king and crown prince, respectively, of zydeco
music. Who, then, assumes titular leadership of this righteously
rocking, washboard-driven sub-genre of rhythm-and-blues? A
colorful, engaging cast of disc jockeys, club owners, record
dealers and other zydeco artists have their own opinions and
biases in the matter. The Chavis-Jocque tussle is prototypical
American status buffoonery painted in folk miniature. Both
these men kick out the jams in thrilling performances filmed
with blissful authority by Mugge, a specialist in roots music
documentaries such as 1991's DEEP BLUES. It's
Chenier's legacy - and Mugge's observational skills - that triumph
in the end."
- Gene Seymour, New York Newsday
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