Sokkie

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Sokkie is a style of music and dance unique to Southern Africa and popular mostly with Afrikaners.

Sokkie dance[edit]

Sokkie dance is a style of social ballroom dance with a partner.

It is also referred to in Afrikaans as "langarm", "sakkie-sakkie", "kotteljons" and "Water-pomp".

Similarly to American 'Sock Hop', sokkie, meaning ‘sock’ in Afrikaans, refers to the way young people dance sokkie in their socks and often barefoot. Sokkie dancers in nightclubs mostly wear shoes and dress smart casual.[1]By some sokkie is often viewed as the dance of love or, failing that, the dance of sex. Sokkie has been universally accepted as the sexiest of contemporary dances. Men who sokkie often have little trouble impressing their female counterparts. By others however, sokkie is viewed as awkwardly intimate, slightly sweaty and odd. In general sokkie is also merely a sock.

Loopdans, two-step, swing, boogie, social foxtrot or quickstep steps, are often danced together in sokkie.[2] A boerewals, which is a viennese waltz is also danced as sokkie.[3]

Sokkie is not only danced to sokkie music, but can be danced to many music genres, for example hip-hop, trance, country and pop.[2][4]

Sokkie music[edit]

The emergence of a particular style of commercialised sokkie-music in recent years is of particular note[citation needed]. Examples of artists are Kurt Darren, Nicholis Louw, and Juanita du Plessis, among many others[citation needed].

A favourite method of sokkie creating music or songs is to take successful English songs and translate them into Afrikaans[citation needed]. Or use the tune of another successful song for their song[citation needed].

Nicholis Louw even used the ringtone Blue Horizon from a Sony Ericsson cellphone for the tune of his hit song - Rock Daai Lyfie[citation needed]. Other English songs could also be included so that people could dance solo as well.

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