Grammy Award-winning Zydeco musician Terrance Simien is in the news for his spirited contribution to the soundtrack for Disney's film "The Princess and The Frog."
Simien plays accordion, rubboard and triangle on "Gonna Take You There," sung by Ray, a Cajun firefly, voiced by New Orleans resident Jim Cummings.
Terrance and the Zydeco Experience are the featured performers at The Kentucky Center's Mardi Gras party on February 12. This popular annual event is likely to sell-out. We recommend that you purchase your tickets in advance.
Kentucky Center ticketing link: http://www.kentuckycenter.org/ticketing/tickets/production.aspx?performanceNumber=5342
The movie, set in New Orleans during the Jazz Age, introduces the first Disney princess since 1998. Princess Tiana also is Disney's first black princess.
Louisiana residents will hear references to familiar traditions and familiar foods in the movie, wife Cynthia Simien said.
"It celebrates our cultural arts, our musical traditions of jazz, blues, gospel and zydeco."
Terrance Simien — a native of the Mallet community near Lawtell and a Grammmy winner for Best Zydeco/Cajun Music Album in 2008 for Live! Worldwide with his band, the Zydeco Experience — was chosen to provide the music for the scene after producers researching zydeco music came across his 1989 debut CD, Zydeco on the Bayou.
Disney film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lG3sIg05K58