Singer, dancer Big Freedia to star in TV show

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 12 at 9:05 AM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The singer and dancer known as Big Freedia is taking his hypersexual, booty-shaking moves from the streets of New Orleans to cable television with a reality show on the Fuse network.

The performer's real name is Freddie Ross but his Big Freedia stage persona is a woman.

"Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce" will focus on Ross and the New Orleans music scene known as "bounce" — a fusion of hip-hop and quick, repetitive dance beats with heavy bass.

Bounce music often includes call-and-response vocals, a nod to early rap and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian roots music.

Big Freedia is one of the few bounce artists with international exposure, having toured in the United States, Europe, Australia and other countries.

The eight-episode series premieres on Sept. 18.

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