A local Zydeco legend wants to pass on the genre to a younger generation

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POSTED: Monday, February 20, 2012 - 8:25pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 12:39pm

"The kids are coming up today going, what is zydeco, when they're hearing all this digitized, d-d-d-d-d, all that stuff, see, i want them to play a real instrument," said Award winning Zydeco artist, Chubby Carrier.

Carrier has played Zydeco music since he was ten years old, now after touring for over 30 years, he wants to pass it on.

"My expectations are, taking it, bringing it to schools, introducing it to the next generation of kids, and hopefully they're gonna take that torch and carry it on," he said.

Carrier has written eleven albums and even won a Grammy for his album "Zydeco Junkie", but he considers his best work to be with groups of kids in Lafayette.

"They have the time of their lives, they go.. Wow... And I say, your mom didn't tell you about Zydeco? They say, no I just thought it was for old people," he joked.

Carrier says he teaches kids of all ages, from Pre-K to Sixth grade.

"We had 25 kids, out of those 25 kids I had five of them get drums for Christmas, not all this Playstation, Xbox and Wii. Their moms come up to me in Walmart, or Target or whatever, saying thank you Mr. Carrier. Thank you for introducing your music to my kids, I never thought he had it in him."

He says because this style of music was born in Louisiana, if he doesn't teach kids about the music, it will die.

"Who knows, I might build me a school of music, I don't know, I'm thinking hard of doing something like that, because of course, keeping that tradition and that heritage alive."

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