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Arts & Entertainment - January 18, 2019

Comin' for ya!

Cha Wa brings its eclectic blend of New Orleans street music to Stanford

by Linda Taaffe

Born into the Mardi Gras Indian culture in uptown New Orleans, Cha Wa's lead singer, J'Wan Boudreaux, has lived and breathed street music, pageantry and parades ever since his mother dressed him in his first hand-beaded and feathered parade suit when he was just 2. Even now when he's on break from touring, the 22-year-old can be found playing jazz with brass musicians in a second-line parade on any given Sunday or decked out head-to-toe in full Mardi Gras Indian regalia singing traditional Indian chants as a "spyboy" responsible for leading his grandfather's Golden Eagles tribe through neighborhood streets on Mardi Gras day.

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