Louisiana’s hottest “party-gras” Zydeco band, Mo’ Mojo gave a free public concert on Valentine’s night in the theatre of the performing arts school of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados. The event was standing room only, and the band performed American Zydeco music for almost an hour.
Much to the delight of the audience, a Caribbean ensemble from the Barbados Community College’s music program opened for the band. Four members of the Caribbean ensemble also performed with Mo’ Mojo on two songs which were very well received by the enthusiastic audience.
As part of their outreach to other populations on the island, Mo’ Mojo performed for inmates at Barbados’ only prison, Her Majesty’s Prison Dodds. They performed three Zydeco songs and then spent 30 minutes explaining the significance of Zydeco music and answering questions about the musical style. The band also met with some of inmates who are part of the visual art rehabilitation program in the prison and learned about their well-respected art collection.
Mo’ Mojo also led an interactive, two-hour workshop for students of the Barbados Community College’s music program and the University of the West Indies’ performing arts program. The workshop was also attended by recent graduates of the music program who are currently working musicians. The workshop centered on teaching the students the basic tenets of Zydeco and Cajun music. After that explanation, the students joined the band on stage to learn the band’s instruments and play Zydeco music. The second half of the workshop featured the students playing Caribbean folk songs for the American musicians before all the attendees joined in for a massive jam session.
The final leg of their tour in Barbados concluded with a visit and performance at the Ann Hill School, which is a government–sponsored high school for children with learning and cognitive disabilities. Mo’ Mojo performed four Zydeco songs and then spent 40 minutes explaining the significance of Zydeco music and answering questions about the musical style. The band performed one song with Corey Hunte, an alumnus of the school who is a respected musician with autism, and then Mr. Hunte performed one song solo for the band.