So many of our acclaimed roots players in South Louisiana have famously cross-pollinated with each other in different musical styles. R&B hitmaker Cupid has collaborated with modern zydeco star Chris Ardoin, and country icon Sammy Kershaw recently released a collection of duets with some of the biggest names in swamp pop. Cajun rockers, the Revelers, have successfully explored many different music genres and traditions.
One of these side projects is Boma Bango. Cajun chanteuse Megan Brown fronts the Congolese tribute band led by former Red Stick Rambler and Reveler, Daniel Coolik. Last week the local quintet released their newest single, “Pitié.” New Orleans saxophonist Aurora Nealand lends her talent to the group’s cover of the french language tune by African rumba star Tabu Ley Rochereau.
I’ll be featuring music by Boma Bango for this edition of Lafayette Weekly. You’ll hear their latest single, “Pitié,” and a couple of their past Congolese inspired releases. Also in the mix are tracks by singer-songwriter Reece Sullivan, Cedric Watson, and various South Louisiana collabs. Swamp pop pioneer Rod Bernard and the King of Zydeco jam together on “My Babe,” while Sammy Kershaw and Tommy McLain take a stab at Mclain’s “Jukebox Songs.” A recording of famed Cajun fiddler Louis Michot with New Orleans based cellist Leyla McCalla and a few tunes from the Revelers to round out this eclectic mixtape of Lafayette area music.
Live stream concerts and live music in Lafayette this week
Tuesday, September 8 at 6:00 pm
The Elvis Experience
El Paso on Pinhook
Thursday, September 10 at 8:00 pm
Friday, September 11 at 8:00 pm
AJ and the Bad Cats
Friday, September 11 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, September 12 at 8:00 pm