Afrikaner culture – Volkspele

Volkspele is a South African folk dance tradition.Directly translated, Volkspele means “folk games” and can be translated to folk dance. Folk dance was the brain child of South African, Dr. SH Pellisier who was visiting Sweden in 1912 with a friend to become more proficient in carpentry. After finishing their day’s work they met with other young people in their respective country’s national dress to practice their folk singing and dancing. The South Africans were the only one’s left out as they did not have any traditional dances.Back in South Africa, Dr. Pellisier translated four Swedish dances and taught them to pupils at the Afrikaans High School in Boshof where he was Deputy Headmaster. During a Sunday School picnic on the farm Vuisfontein near Boshof on 22 February 1914 they performed the dances for the first time. The picnic games became known as volkspele.With the help of the Reddingsdaadbond, an organisation which was established to assist poor Afrikaners after the Anglo Boer war, groups called laers(groups) were established throughout the country.Get togethers called saamtrekke are usually organised where all the groups get together to sing and do folk dance. The folk dancers also do displays and have courses on different levels, seniors – people out of school and juniors – learners in school, for either a weekend or longer. During the June school holidays there also courses for gr.6 – gr.12 pupils, known as prestige weeks. There are usually a tour being organised every second year going abroad or a folk dance group or two will tour with South African folk dancers in South Africa, doing displays at various towns. At these saamtrekke, displays, tours and courses the dress are as in the photos below, called volkspele drag.Tours has been conducted to Europe, The United States and Turkey, with groups from Italy, Germany, Belgium and Vlaanderen touring in South Africa.The dress originated from the formal dress the settlers or voortrekkers worn. It is called national dress, as in the European countries, for all folk dancers in South Africa must use the same pattern, only the colors are different. And each group has their own colors for the ladies dresses and indigenous veld flowers embroided on the mens vests.

I had a look at the http://www.volkspele.co.za/ website and, although volkspele is not very popular, it is still alive. Most Afrikaners do not participate because we do not see it as cool.

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Blog van die week

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Hierdie week wil ek graag Boer in Ballingskap aanwys as my blog van die week. Hy bly nou in Gyeongju in Korea.

Sy eerste inskrywing: “Ek het besluit om ‘n blog te begin om eie ervaringe hier in die vreemde te deel met wie ookal belangstel. Eerstens die titel: “Boer in Ballingskap”. Wel, dis nou presies soos ek voel. Ek gee skool in Gyeongju in die suide van Korea en moes gedwonge hier na die vreemde kom omdat ek nie kon werk vind in Suid-Afrika nie, ondanks my ervaring en (goeie) kwalifikasies. Natuurlik het my (blanke) velkleur my nie veel gehelp in Suid-Afrika nie. Dit het ook al lankal nie meer vir my soos ‘n ware Vaderland gevoel nie.”

Baie dankie dat jy jou ervaringe met ons deel, ons lees graag.

http://boerinballingskap.wordpress.com/

Die [TYD]Skrif-projek

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Johan Swarts, die redakteur van  Die [TYD]Skrif-projek, en sy span het hierdie website begin:  http://www.tydskrif.co.za

Die lewensverwagting van ‘n bloginskrywing is nie vreeslik lank nie; baie stories gaan verlore bloot omdat hulle vervang word met nuwes. Dit is die doel van hierdie projek om die goeies te bymekaar te bring en te kanoniseer, sodat talentvolle bloggers se prosa langer kan bly leef as net ’n paar dae.

Dit is ‘n Afrikaanse blogtydskrif wat die beste inskrywings op die Afrikaanse blogosfeer keur en boekstaaf. As jy goeie Afrikaanse prosa (of poësie) op jou blog het, of bloot daarvan hou om te lees, dan hoort jy daar.

Sportman van die week – Jacques Kallis

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Jacques Kallis (121 – nie uit nie, 12 x 4, 1 x 6) het met sy 16de eendag-honderdtal die pad na die oorwinning in PE gister geteer. St. Georgepark is die een veld in die land waar Kallis nog nie ’n honderdtal kon slaan nie, en daarom was sy vreugde groot toe hy dit gister kon regkry. Hy het die beurt uitstekend beheer en die heeltyd toegesien dat daar by die verlangde tempo gehou word.

Kliek op die prentjie om Eskom se nuwe kragopwekker uitvindsel te sien.

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Afrikaner culture – Boeremusiek

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Boeremusiek is a type of South African instrumental folk music. Its original intent was to be an accompaniment to social dancing at parties and festivals. Boeremusiek is originally European, but once it was brought to South Africa, it gradually changed and became its own style. It is thought to have got to South Africa by British Empire military bands.

There is no one way to describe the original and unique sounds of Boeremusiek. A concertina, similar to an accordion, is the lead instrument in most Boeremusiek bands. There are many different types of concertinas, which is why Boeremusiek has so many different unique sounds and styles, and the construction the concertina is what makes the different sounds in the Boeremusiek band. Other instruments that might be in a Boeremusiek band would be violins, piano accordions, button harmonicas, accordions, pianos, harmoniums and the guitar, and sometimes, a cello or bass guitar may be seen, too. Boermusiek’s intent is to be informal, instrumental dance music. Today, there are many successful Boeremusiek band that have recorded albums. Some famous artists include Nico Caarstens, Klipwerf, Different dances such as the two step and the waltz are danced to the sound of Boeremusiek. We do not buy Boeremusiek cd’s to listen to but to dance to. Lekker balke toe!

Eskom en kannibale

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City of Tswane

Hoe gaan dit daar in die City of Tswane? Dominee het toe sommer 79 lopies op die heilige Sondag aangeteken, lekker.

Terwyl Steve nou sy persoonlike dinge moet uitsort, is daar dalk iemand wat sy hand wil opsteek vir die behoud van Pretoria? Wat van jou, Janine ? Kon jy nie maar jouself in toom gehou het met jou koerant berig nie, of was die geld te veel? Nou gaan ons “president” nie tyd he om Pretoria se naam vir ons te behou nie.  Ja, ons manne val mooi vir skoonheid, Janine! Nou, terwyl Steve onder is, staan bietjie op en staan sy skoene vol. Jou naam kan in die geskiedenis boeke geskryf word dat jy Pretoria se naam vir ons behou het.

Laat dit goed gaan met julle Tswaneaners!

Ek voel en weet dat Steve, Natasha en hul kinders hierdeur sal kom. Ek voel dat Steve laaste gaan lag!