oa South African Journal of Cultural History - Die vereniging van Baardmanne van Pretoria en die Baardmannekoor
The Society of Beardmen of Pretoria was founded in 1949. A founders' meeting was held at the Afrikaans Koffiehuis in Pretoria on 13 May 1949. The objective of the society was to promote the growing of traditional Boer beards. However, the society functioned in an organised fashion by means of a constitution, a committee and regular communication with members. This society established a beardmen's choir which was a unique phenomenon in the cultural history of the Afrikaner, as the choir combined and revived the traditions of beard-growing and Singing which had been practised by previous generations. The choir was well supported by members of society; the members also participated enthusiastically in choir practices. The choir sang only traditional Afrikaans songs, e.g. Die Stem, Transvaalse Volkslied, Dierbaar Suid-Afrika, 0 Boereplaas, Vryheidslied, Land, Volk en Taal, and Afrikaners landgenote. In this way, the Choir wanted to encourage Afrikaners to turn the inauguration of the Voortrekker Monument into a typical Boer festival. The choir received numerous invitations to appear at preliminary festivals and at the inaugural festival of the Voortrekker Monument. The choir contributed to the inaugural festival of December 1949, by participating in choir performances, mass choirs and historical presentations. Although the society and choir were disbanded after December 1949, they had, indeed, made a special contribution to the festivities of 1949. It had been another opportunity for the Afrikaner nation to demonstrate its national feelings.
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