Boeremusiek is originally European, but once it was brought to South Africa, it gradually changed and became its own style. It is thought to have got to South Africa by British Empire military bands.
A concertina is similar to an accordion and is the lead instrument in most Boeremusiek bands. There are many different types of concertinas, which is why Boeremusiek has so many unique sounds and styles, and the construction the concertina is what makes the different sounds in the Boeremusiek band; it depends on where the slots and holes are put makes the difference on the sound that the concertina makes.
The sound of a Boeremusiek band may depend on what region the band is from, seeing that Boermusiek’s intent is to be informal, instrumental dance music.
Today, there are many successful Boeremusiek bands that have recorded albums. Some famous bands and individual artists today include Klipwerf Boereorkes, Danie Grey, Nico Carstens, Taffie Kikkilus, Brian Nieuwoudt, Samuel Petzer, Worsie Visser and Die Ghitaar Man.
- http://www.boeremusiek.org.za/EWhatIsBoerMusic.htm What is Boermusic?
- http://www.boeremusiek.org.za/ South African Traditional Boer Music Club
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