1. Commemorative Monuments:
Tombstone for Faan Harris
The first project of the club was to erect a tombstone for Faan
Harris. Faan Harris is still regarded today as one of the
finest concertina players due to his fluent style and the beautiful
tunes that he and his band, "Die
Vier Transvalers" (The Four Transvalers), left
us. On 3 April 1982 the tombstone was unveiled in the presence
of many interested people and well-known musicians.
fltr. Mrs Annie Bosch, Manie Bodenstein, Tom Senekal, Dirk Laas,
Johannes La Grange, Piet Bester, Stephaan van Zyl
[Photo copyright - Séan Minnie]
Tombstone for Silver de
The Club unveiled a tombstone for Silver
de Lange on 19 October 1985 in the Wespark cemetary Johannesburg.
As leader of "Die
Vyf Dagbrekers" (The Five Day Breakers), Silver
was one of the best players amongst his peer pioneers. His brother
Jan and a few of his sisters were amongst the dignitaries that
attended the event. Bobby Pennells was Silver's banjo player and
he performed the unveiling. It was a solemn occasion and the chairman
of the club, Rev. Aucamp, opened the ceremony with prayer and
a scripture reading.
Bobby Pennells at the tombstone of Silver de Lange
[Photo copyright reserved]
Obelisk for the Lydenburg Vastrappers
The Club unveiled an commerative obelisk in honor of "Die
Lydenburg Vastrappers" on the 1st of March 1986 in Lydenburg.
Die event was opened with scripture reading and prayer by the
chairman, Rev. Lourens Aucamp. Mr. Dirk Winterbach, a son of Chris
and Baba Winterbach, performed the unveiling. After that Mrs.
Helena Kotzé, a daughter of Klaas, placed a wreath of fresh
Proteas on the stone on behalf of the Club. The mayor of Lydenburg
made a speach and Rev. Aucamp mentioned that this group of people
were the first band to go from the country side to the city of
Johannesburg to make recordings.
[Photo copyright reserved - Séan Minnie]
back fltr: Danie Labuschagne, Stephaan van Zyl, Rev. Lourens Aucamp,
Danie Grey, Lt.Col. Piet Bester, Jasper Vlok
front fltr: Charles Ellis, Hennie Stone
[Photo copyright reserved]
Boer Music Band in Bronze
On 29 January 1994, the remaining musicians of
the Boer Music Band in Bronze was unveiled by the mayor of Pietersburg,
Mr. Thomas Pretorius. For a detailed account of the events please
consult the news letter Vastrapper
2. Redistribution of historic recordings:
To ensure that the character of Boer Music remains intact, and
to prevent that the numerous unique tunes are lost, Danie Labuschagne
was called upon by the committee. The task of finding all the
old 78-speed records of the old artists, and redistribute them
on 33-speed long-playing records was entrusted to him because
he already had a great collection apart from being a real expert
on the music. Danie Labuschagne is assisted by Stephaan van Zyl
and together with Mr. Plato Michael, of Michael's recording studio,
their first project started.
In those days, without the advantages of modern digital computer
technology, a high speed recording was first made of the records.
There after the tapes were played back slowly and the noise marked.
The noise places were then cut out and the tape joined again.
This often resulted in one tune ending up as a tape of 100 meters
long and consisting of 5 mm pieces. Nowadays all the music is
digitally remastered and distributed on Compact disc and cassette.
Recordings of historic value from other sources are also distributed.
A list of all the long-playing records (P), cassettes (K) and
compact discs (CD) that were produced and/or distributed van be
3. Preservation of historic information:
To preserve information of bands and their members a comprehensive
book was written by Piet
Bester entitled "Tradisionele Boeremusiek - 'n gedenk
Album". (Traditional Boer music - a commemorative album)
The first volume covers artists that made a definitive contribution
to Boer music, artists that recorded 78-speed records as well
as artists that have already passed away. In this way the contribution
of the different bands are kept alive. The second and third volume
was subsequently released and also covers younger artists.
After very comprehensive research Mr. Wilhelm Schultz published
a book entitled "Die ontstaan
en ontwikkeling van Boeremusiek" (The inception and
development of Boer Music).
4. Virtual Museum:
Everyday knowledge and a regular event forms the basis of the
history of tomorrow. This webpage has the goal to gather that
information and provide it to future generations in electronic
format for study and preservation. You are invited to contribute
news, pictures and any other biographical
information of persons, bands or events.
Your contribution can prevent this inheritance from being lost