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Cha Wa

Mardi Gras Indian funk band from New Orleans

Armando Bellmas
Armando Bellmas
Cha Wa

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Cha Wa, a New Orleans-based band led by Joseph Boudreaux, Jr. of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. The band comes from a rich and long history, distilled from generations of music, tradition, and culture in New Orleans.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Keith Spera on NOLA.com.


"My People" by Cha Wa
2021 | Mardi Gras Indian funk band from New Orleans


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Old-school New Orleans funk in the vein of the Meters and the Wild Magnolias is certainly an influence, “but in a way that allowed individual band members to put their own stamp on each song while staying in the Cha Wa vein,” [vocalist Joseph] Boudreaux [Jr., second chief of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe] said. “When you hear a Cha Wa album, you know it’s a Cha Wa album.”

The “My People” title track opens with percussion reminiscent of the Dixie Cups’ “Iko Iko,” augmented by a funky electric organ, brass swells and the combined voices of [singer and trumpeter Aurélien] Barnes and Boudreaux. The “we’ll all be in the same boat” refrain was intended as a unifying anthem/reality check.

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