Founded by Stanley Dural (Lafayette, Louisiana, USA). Dural started his musical career playing piano and organ in local bands around south-east Louisiana. In the late 80s and early 90s, Buckwheat Zydeco emerged as one of the leaders of zydeco music, the accordion-led dance music of southern Louisianas French-speaking Creoles. Dural, taking the nickname Buckwheat, worked with R&B singers Joe Tex, Barbara Lynn and Clarence Gatemouth Brown during the 60s. Following a period playing keyboards in Clifton Cheniers band, he took up accordion and moved to the indigenous sound of zydeco. He formed his own funk band, the Hitchhikers, in the 70s, followed by the Ils Sont Partis Band in 1979. That outfit recorded eight albums for Blues Unlimited, Black Top and Rounder Records before Dural formed Buckwheat Zydeco. Signed to Island Records in 1987, the group recorded three albums for the label, with Where Theres Smoke Theres...
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