How’re y’all doin’?

That’s the general greeting around here when you pass someone on the street or on their porch.

So, to wrap up our stay in Breaux Bridge and Sunday at Festival…

Today we awoke to gorgeous sunshine and a comforting breeze. Arrived at festival in time for Turvengen Band from Mongolia and the US. Again, the stringed instruments have a different twang and timbre, one guy sang in that guttural multi-tone that Mongolians do, and the drum set was not your usual. Plus the drummer also played a horn that had a sound akin to a dgiereedo (sp). We stayed for several songs, but then wanted to get over to another stage to hear Karma and the Killjoys. They rather killed my joy. We didn’t stay long. We heard them on youtube doing a Tiny Desk Concert and they sounded interesting. Live, however, their singing and playing didn’t stand up. So off we went to hear Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole. Their playing was solid and Cedric plays a sharp little accordion.

We didn’t stay too long though because by now Sora Jobarteh from Gambia was about to commence. Off to that stage! She and her band were another highlight of this festival. Wow. We stayed for the entire show, including encore, which featured each of the players, providing the their moments to shine for a longer period than previously. Aside from Sora on the kora, a 21 stringed calabash instrument, there was the bass player, drummer, electric guitar player, and the guy on calabash (no strings, just an overturned squash – a big one) and congas, and a guy on acoustic guitar. What an ensemble! Another captivating band that you really wanted to listen to closely. Sora spoke of how the kora is an instrument used throughout West Africa, but typically only played by men. She is the first professional female to play. She is exquisite.

We stayed a bit for a band from Haiti, RAM, that was also quite good, but by now I had to eat! Many of the food court places were out of lots of their offerings, or the lines were way long. We’d hoped initially to eat at Spoonbill, which we’d enjoyed last year, but it was closed. We did find a pizza place with good salad also. Those were some hard-working waiters! I bet they went non-stop from opening to close. And they were attentive and pleasant! We finished lunch just in time to make it to the final act of the festival – Dub Inc – a French reggae band from Saint-√Čtienne, active since 1997. They combine a range of styles, including dancehall, dub, ska and rap. Their music is also influenced by African music with their songs being sung in a mixture of French, English and Kabyle. They were a lot of fun. Equally enjoyable was observing the young people all around us – and the size of the spliffs. This was a vibrant and energizing way to complete the festival experience!

Lead singers and instigators of ginning up the crowd

Tomorrow we leave early for Tulsa to visit a friend for a few days. Then we are homeward bound! What a fantastic journey so far… We are indeed fortunate. Bonsoir!

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