Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band Performs in Turkey

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band'
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band’

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band’s day in Ankara started with a food cooking sesion at a vocational school located in Ovecler, Ankara. Band’s lead Cedric Watson cooked “Gumbo” under the curious and information-hungry students’ watch. While we all waited for the “Gumbo” to fully cooked, the band members grabbed their instruments and played Creole music. The students enjoyed the new taste that Gumbo offers and learned a new recipe and enjoyed a lot the music .

After the delicious Gumbo, the band head to Pursaklar where they performed in front of 250 high school students. The students enjoyed the music and could not help themselves but dance throughout the concert. Ambassador John Bass and his wife Holly Holzer Bass were among the ones enjoying the music as well.

The band’s final performance in Ankara took place at Voodoo Blues Bar.Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band performed to the crowd and some brave ones took the stage with the band for a jam session.

The band also visited other citieis in Turkey for other performances and workshops.

Click here to see the band’s Ankara visit’s photo gallery. 

More about the band:

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band'
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band’

Cedric Watson is the brightest young talent to emerge in Creole American music from New Orleans in the last decade. He is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential. He and his band are in Turkey for a one week tour, after which they will be playing the famous New Orleans Jazz Festival. In April, the band will meet with the Turkish audience with the support of U.S. Embassy Ankara’s Cultural Affairs Department as well as our partners who are providing venues for performances and workshops.

About the band: Originally from San Felipe, TX (population 868), Cedric made his first appearance at the age of 19 at the Zydeco Jam at The Big Easy in Houston, TX. Just two years later, he moved to south Louisiana, quickly immersing himself in French music and language. Over the next several years, Cedric performed French music in 17 countries and on 7 full-length albums with various groups, including the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole.

What does “creole” mean? “Creole,” from the verb “to raise,” is an all-purpose term for people who were born in one place to parents one or both of whom were from another place.  This was most often used to refer to the native-born descendants of European colonists in Africa and the New World. There are many “creole” ethnic identities in the world, including Haitian Creole, Seychellean Creole, and Afro-Brazilian Crioulos, but one of the most famous Creole cultures is that of the Louisiana Creole.

Louisiana Creole: Louisiana Creole people are those who are descended from the colonial settlers of Louisiana, especially those of French, Spanish, Native American, and/or African descent. The term creole was first used by French settlers to distinguish between anyone born in Louisiana and someone born “from away.” Therefore, a person could be French-Creole, Spanish-Creole or African Creole or Native American Creole.

It was a term used for “native-born”. A definition of a creole is a person, whether African or European, who was born in Louisiana. The term “creole” denotes a culture which embraces the influences of French, Spanish, African and Native American peoples in Louisiana.

Louisiana Creoles have common European heritage and share cultural ties, such as the traditional use of the French language and may include the continuing practice of Catholicism. Some Creole people have African and/or Native American ancestry.

More information about the band visit www.cedricwatson.com

Performances in Turkey

Ankara
April 2, 2015 – Pursaklar Saray Kultur Merkezi – 14:00
April 2, 2015 – Voo Doo Blues Bar – 20:00

Mersin
April 4, 2015 – Mersin Cultural Center – 20:00

Adana
April 5, 2015 – Adana Orange Blossom Festival Performance – 19:00

Gaziantep
7 Nisan 2015 – Gaziantep Üniveresitesi Atatük Kültür Merkezi – 20:00

Gaziantep

April 7, 2015 – Gaziantep University Ataturk Kultur Merkezi – 20:00

Diyarbakir
April 8, 2015 – Buyuksehir Belediyesi Tiyatro Salonu – 19:00

Istanbul
April 10, 2015 – Avcilar Baris Manco Culture Center – 20:00