Cajun music is to Southwest Louisiana what jazz is to New Orleans--a way of life.
Photo: Art Maripol
Some worry that the Louisiana French language could be gone soon. The best hope for the language is the next generation of musicians like Pine Leaf Boys and Feufollet. The music that's evolving in their hands "is the most popular and present way of using the language," explains Barry Jean Ancelet, professor of francophone studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. They represent a continuity with the past, while bringing something new to the music.