History of music in South Africa

History of music in South Africa


Digital collection of journal articles relating to the history of music in South Africa. Compiling this database was made possible through the financial support of the South African Music Archive Project and DOMUS Documentation Centre for Music at Stellenbosch University, . The project was the brainchild of Prof Chris Walton and was initiated by Annemie Stimie. This database is an adjunct to Stimie’s masters’ thesis entitled Cosmopolitanism in early Afrikaans music historiography, 1910-1948, which was completed under the supervision of Prof Stephanus Muller
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  • Roodt-Coetzee, Kotie; Coetzee, Kosie Roodt- (Die Huisgenoot, 1941-10-24)
    The Boer POW's provided their own entertainment in the form of music and theatre.
  • Schoonees, Lukas Anthonie (Huisgenoot, 1944-07-28)
    De Villiers had a full life as an organist and composer especially involved with school and church.
  • C., B; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1934-08-10)
    The musical instruments of the Basotho are described.
  • Van Oostrum, Omius, 1862-1948 (1939-02-03)
    The lack of musical education in the schools is blamed for the fact that South Africans are not a singing nation.
  • Liefhebber (Die Huisgenoot, 1926-01-29)
    Illustrated article about the music society and choir founded at the Heidelberg Volkskool.
  • Bosman, Maxie; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1939-06-23)
    An essay on the well known South African pianist, composer and poet who returned permanently to Europe after a concert tour through South Africa in the years following the South African War.
  • Endler, Hans; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1939-02-03)
    Prof Hans Endler was the founder and first principal of the Conservatoire for Music at the Stellenbosch University. He describes life in Stellenbosch as it was at the time of his arrival 35 years before.
  • Unknown; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1940-03-15)
    Operas presented on the radio for juveniles are seen to be a way of increasing juveniles' music appreciation.
  • Unknown; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1945-01-19)
    The catalogue, published by the Johannesburg Public Library, is described as an important source for research even though it is incomplete.
  • Van Oostrum, Omius, 1862-1948; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1937-08-27)
    The author expresses dissatisfaction with some of the melodies of the psalms in the new Psalm Book, saying they are unsuited to the lyrics. The danger exists that they will fall into disuse and become forgotten.
  • Burger, J.F.; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1930-05-30)
    The author discusses the cultural proccess , materialism and spirituality.
  • Kotze, B.F. (Die Huisgenoot, 1933-02-17)
    The author points out that many well-known Afrikaans songs have melodies originating in Europe. He argues that it is not because Afrikaners are incapable of writing their own music but because they have never been encouraged ...
  • Bouws, Jan; eridine.roux@up.ac.za (Die Huisgenoot, 1937-10-22)
    The German born composer Julius Rontgen who settled in Amsterdam, set Jan FE Celliers' poem Komaan to music. It was not the only incidence of European composers writing music for Afrikaans poetry.
  • Raman, Frans (Die Huisgenoot, 1933-09-08)
    Die skrywer besing in hierdie artikel suiwer woordmusiek. Hy beklemtoon die hunkering van die siel na skoonheid rondom hom. So word die siel tot musikaliteit gedwing. Volgens Raman hang die skepping van die musiek af van ...
  • Nienaber, Petrus Johannes, 1910- (Die Huisgenoot, 1941)
    Narrates the origins of the popular Afrikaans songs Die brug op ons plaas and Blomme in die vlei, written by Hoogenhout. Also includes short biography
  • De Villiers, Cornelius Gerhardus Stephanus, 1894-1978 (1944)
    A case is made for Afrikaans as a suitable laguage for the performance of lieder or so-called art songs provided singers are gievn the correct linguistic training.
  • Du Toit, S.J. (Die Huisgenoot, 1932-01-29)
    It is argued that the origins of the name of the city of Bloemfontein as well as the song called Vat jou goed en trek Ferreira cannot be determined with certainty.
  • Oberholster, Jan Andries Stefanus (1940)
  • Koekemoer, F. (Die Huisgenoot, 1943-1944)
    Short biographies of S.le Roux Marais, Petrus Johannes Lemmer and Walter Spiethof.
  • De Villiers, Maxie (1936-03-20)
    It is argued that rhythmic movements accompanied by rhythmic sounds are essential for a child's development.

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