Black Music Sunday: It's time to two-step into zydeco country

Denise Oliver Velez
February 25, 2024
Daily KOS

Some folks are having racist conniptions about Beyoncé venturing into the country music realm, where she is now topping Billboard’s Hot Country chart with her song “Texas Hold ‘Em.” Her fans, mom, and ethnomusicologists are quick to point out that Bey was born and raised in Houston, Texas, where she was steeped in the country culture of rodeo, zydeco, and Black trail-riding cowboys and cowgirls.

American Zydeco musician Nathan Williams plays accordion with his band, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas, in 2009.
Photo Credit:
Linda Vartoogian


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