boeremusiek, noun

Origin:
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, boere see boere + musiek music.
1. Music. Popular light music, often for dancing, usually based on Afrikaans folk music and played by a small band which usually includes a concertina or piano accordion; sakkie-sakkie noun sense a; skoffel jazz, see skoffel noun2 sense 2. Also attributive. See also boereorkes, langarm, opskop sense a, vastrap noun sense 1 a.
1952 Cape Times 27 Sept. 4The music blared forth, real boeremusiek which sent the whole crowd dancing.
1965 E. Mphahlele Down Second Ave 66She was always complaining..the landlord; the weather; the noise her neighbours made whenever they played ‘Boere musiek’ — Afrikaner music — on weekends.
1971 S. Afr. Panorama Nov. 22For years it was Boeremusiek (a lively type of folk music) which constituted Afrikaans music with its concertinas, accordions and guitars.
1979 Capetonian July 15We want music everywhere, indoors and outdoors, from string quartets to boeremusiek, jazz to Malay choirs.
1981 D. Kramer in Frontline May 14I must look to South African folk music — boeremusiek, Cape Malay music and the wealth of indigenous African music.
1988 C. De Jager in E. Prov. Herald 11 Aug. 1The result of the SABC boereorkes competition..was called a ‘farce’ by some boeremusiek musicians yesterday..and had shocked the boeremusiek world.
1990 Weekend Post 8 Dec. 6Boeremusiek, like all authentic folk-music, is always vibrantly alive, extravagantly gay but at the same time full of indefinable sadness...Sneering at boeremusiek is practically a trade mark of people to whom it is important to think of themselves as avant garde and intellectually superior.
1991 S. Afr. Panorama MayJune 18The experts will tell you that there are two kinds of boeremusiek today, namely, traditional and modern. The moderns hived off during the 50s and 60s when Hendrik Susan and other band leaders added drums, the piano accordion, and electronic and electric instruments to the traditional menu. Today the concertina is not always the leading instrument; this role is sometimes usurped by the violin, guitar or piano accordian. The new development did not please all the lovers of boeremusiek and today the adherents of the respective trends have formed their own separate associations.
1991 S. Afr. Panorama MayJune 20When one thinks about boeremusiek, the concertina (alias Christmas worm, wailing worm or donkey’s lung) is the first instrument that comes to mind.
1994 Weekly Mail & Guardian 13 May 9Nico Carstens took over from Ray Phiri with his accordion and boeremusiek.
2. figurative. A heated discussion among Afrikaners; Afrikaner policies or demands.
1973 M. Van Biljon in Star 30 June 6Amid all this boeremusiek, the cool trumpet blow by Professor Marius Wiechers sounded a better note. While offering no solutions, he pointed out that the homeland might not want all these urban Africans.
1986 Loyal Mosotho in Sowetan 19 June 8Lesotho is very poor and depends heavily on RSA and as long as this continues she will have to dance to ‘boere-musiek’ because unless she does this Basotho will suffer.
Popular light music, often for dancing, usually based on Afrikaans folk music and played by a small band which usually includes a concertina or piano accordion; sakkie-sakkienouna; skoffel jazz, see skoffelnoun2. Also attributive.
A heated discussion among Afrikaners; Afrikaner policies or demands.

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