MEET THE ARTISTS
Big Chiefs Romeo Bougere of the 9th Ward Hunters and Jermaine Bossier of the 7th Ward Creole Hunters came together to collaborate on the modern Mardi Gras Indian music project the 79rs Gang.
Bougere and Bossier grew up in Mardi Gras Indian families. In 2003, Bougere took over the tribe and the two chiefs put aside their differences and recorded their first album, “Fire on the Bayou,” in 2013 (re-released by Sinking City Records in 2015). Their second full album, “Expect the Unexpected,” was released on May 29. It’s grounded in Mardi Gras Indian culture, chanting and percussion, but it embraces an array of New Orleans musical genres.
Special thanks to Lakou Mizik and Cumbancha @Lakoumizik