liedjie, noun

Also (occasionally) liedtjie.
AfrikaansShow more Afrikaans, lied song + -ie.
A song, particularly an Afrikaans folk-song. Also occasionally figurative. See also boereliedjie, ghommaliedjie, luisterliedjie.
1934 Star 26 May (Swart)He..has arranged numerous Afrikaans liedjies and deuntjies [tunes], already popular here.
1937 C.R. Prance Tante Rebella’s Saga 94The girls..provided tasteful items in the programme in the intervals between burgher ‘liedjies’ and soldier-songs.
1948 E. Prov. Herald 6 Mar. 6Afrikaans liedjies and some of the Bantu singing that made an impression during the Royal Tour will be a feature of a £25,000 ‘Meet South Africa’ exhibition due to open in London.
1949 Cape Times 10 Jan. 2He hoped that the Cape ‘moppies’ or comic songs and the liedjies would become a regular feature of future carnivals.
1951 L.G. Green Grow Lovely 193This is the place to watch the coons, in the sunlit streets...Here they..give you moppies in Afrikaans, their own Cape liedtjies.
1963 A.M. Louw 20 Days 198The boys and girls..were circling round each other bobbing to the rhythm of the ‘liedjie’.
1976 Drum June 2Pretoria replied in so many words: ‘You can sing your October song you know when. But now I am paying the piper so I’ll call the liedjie.’
1980 A. Paton Towards Mountain 207Prayers were said over the wagons, meat and boerewors were cooked over the fires, nostalgic Afrikaner liedjies were sung.
1989 C. Chapman in Edgars Club Apr. 45The roots of Cape music..can be traced to various influences. Firstly, European folk songs, or Nederlandse liedjies, preserved by the Malay choirs, sung in Dutch and still sung today.
1991 Weekly Mail 30 Aug. 11They play hymns and Afrikaans liedjies on a Yamaha electric keyboard someone set up in the café’s dining room.
A song, particularly an Afrikaans folk-song. Also occasionally figurative.

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