The Zydeco genre originated in southwestern Louisiana in the 19th century. It is a combination of a variety of musical styles including traditional Creole music, American folk, Blues, as well as influences from Latin and Appalachian music. Generally Zydeco has an upbeat sound, as it usually is used as dance music. Common instruments include accordion, fiddle, washboard, and guitars. Over the years Zydeco has blended itself with other genres such as hip hop, rock, R&B and Latin/Afro-Caribbean styles.