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History of the Traditional Boer Music Club of South Africa

During 1980, Piet Bester visited Hannes Viljoen, the well-known concertina builder and player. Hannes asked Piet to help with the erection of a tombstone for Faan Harris, the leader of "Die Vier Transvalers" (The Four Transvalers) . Inquiries about the task brought Piet Bester in contact with Kalie de Jager, and they also discussed it with Manie Bodenstein, Jimmy Henning and Danie Erasmus. They decided not to only erect a tombstone, but to found a club with the following mission:

"The collection, preservation and enhancement of Traditional Boer Music. To do research about the historic development thereof and to ensure the safekeeping of all collectors pieces for future generations"
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From this the above mentioned people founded "The Concertina Club of South Africa" on 12 March 1981 in the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). Although the concertina is the lead instrument, it was later decided to change the name of the club to "The Traditional Boer Music Club of South Africa" so that all instruments would have equal status

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