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Thread #38525   Message #546889
Posted By: Joe Offer
11-Sep-01 - 06:40 AM
Thread Name: Cajun Mardi Gras songs
Subject: Mardi Gras Begging Songs
Mardi Gras Begging Songs

The second category of Mardi Gras songs is specifically phrased as "begging songs" and they are associated with most contemporary Mardi Gras groups. Two such variants were first documented in the Cajun Grand Mamou Mardi Gras (Oster and Reed 1960); however, similar texts can be found in Cajun Mardi Gras groups in Basile, Church Point, and Elton, and in the Creole Mardi Gras groups of Basile and Anse Prien Noire. Because of subsequent commercial recordings and distribution of the Grand Mamou songs, they are the best known in the region. In fact, in most communities, including Tee Mamou and Mardi Gras, the Grand Mamou versions are performed by musicians who accompany some Mardi Gras groups or recordings of the song are played over a loudspeaker as the groups travel the countryside. However, local variants of the Mardi Gras song are perfbrmed, generally without musical accompanyment, during actual visits to homes.