Merriam Webster defines zydeco as, “popular music of southern Louisiana that combines tunes of French origin with elements of Caribbean music and the blues and that features guitar, washboard, and accordion.” We call it chanky-chank music sometimes.
As I’ve written before, you just need to hear south Louisiana. The culture is largely spoken, not written, and the beauty of our culture is in the accents, the music, and the language. This video does a good job of explaining Cajun music, and the old man talking at the beginning is the perfect example of how the older folks in Louisiana sound.
There are other examples of Cajun musicians, including Hadley Castille, who is a fairly famous fiddler in south Louisiana.
“The Cajun music is sort of like singing the blues, dispelling the bad times for the good times.”