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Fire On The Bayou

by 79rs Gang

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syncopatedtimes "It captures better than any studio release I’ve previously heard the actual feeling of being in the street and listening to the Indians play their songs. While they, of course, use the opportunity to record a smoother presentation then you’ll ever hear out on the battlefield they don’t add any of the extra frills other groups have. Drum, hands, and voice, that’s all you need. They also refrain from sanitizing the language or the beat to fit anyone’s sensibilities, it’s the raw thing." Favorite track: Drama.
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Eric Cross Not sure if I saw the album cover, which is literally fire or heard the fire, of the percussion first. But either way, this one required a vinyl cop. I would never come across these sorts of albums if it weren't for band camp and artists from communities not my own, putting their music online for music heads. Now about the music. It's the spark I need to get my ass in motion. The soul I need to keep pushing and the relevance I need to stay grounded. Loving me a trip to New Orleans someday. Favorite track: Shallow Water.
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WiLV I had a great time in New Orleans in March and listening to this brings it all back.
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Big Chief Jermaine is the great grandson of Antoinette Bossier later married to Percy Lewis, Grandson of Raymond Lewis. Raymond Lewis had the hit single “I’m Gonna Put Some Hurt On You.” The family name Bossier comes from his great grandmother, a Creole lady from Edgar Louisiana. He started masking when he was 14 years old. His Uncle was Big Chief of the Black Eagle gang from uptown Calliope projects. In 1996 he was a Spyboy for the Yellow Pocka Hunters. Jermaine’s friend Emanuel Hingle started his own gang called Trouble Nation. Years after masking with Trouble Nation, Emanuel as well as their Wildman Mook Joseph Ducrox died . In 1999, Jermaine along with the new Chief continued masking under the name Trouble Nation for some time. Eventually, Jermaine decided to start his gang. After a talk with his Chief Markeith Tero, he approved the 7th Ward Creole Hunters gang. 2009 was his first year as Big Chief. He has two sons who also mask, Jeheim and Jermaine Jr.

Big Chief Romeo is the son of Rudy Bougere. Rudy started masking first in the 7th Ward in the 7th Ward Flaming Arrows. Later with the 9th Ward Flaming Arrows. After years of masking under the Flaming Arrows he started his own tribe the 9th Ward Hunters.  Rudy brought the Mardi grass Indian culture to the Lower 9th Ward. Sad to say, Rudy is no longer with us. His son Romeo now has the Gang. With numerous tribes branching off from his, the culture in the Lower 9 lives on. His son Romeo with his beautiful voice carries on his father’s legacy. Romeo has been holding his own for some years and can be found in the Crystal Feather Awards Hall of Fame. Romeo, along with his daughter and niece as Big Queen keeps his father’s name alive.

Romeo from the 9th Ward and Jermaine from the 7th Ward; after years of competition with each other they decided to sign a peace treaty. Jermaine with his Baritone voice and Romeo with a more Alto pitch. They came together to tell their story in their own way. The two Chiefs tell a unique story about past heroes, sewing, and of their unique culture. Two Chief from different parts of the city put their territory difference aside to make beautiful music.


released March 17, 2015


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79rs Gang New Orleans, Louisiana

Big Chief Romeo from the 9th Ward and Big Chief Jermaine from the 7th Ward put their territorial differences aside to make beautiful music.

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