Music Monday: “Iko Iko”

Hi, everyone. Can you believe we’re in May already?

When I was a little kid, I only knew the Dixie Cups‘ version of “Iko Iko.” I liked the women’s harmonies, but I thought the lyrics were nonsense words. I didn’t know the first thing about Kouri-Vini (Louisiana Creole) or Black Masking Indians. I learned about the latter in my first cultural anthropology course, and studied the former while researching Bayou Fire.

This is a wonderful version of the song, from Playing for Change. Enjoy!