De La Rey rides (yet) again : Afrikaner identity politics and nostalgia in post-apartheid South Africa

Baines, G. (2009) De La Rey rides (yet) again : Afrikaner identity politics and nostalgia in post-apartheid South Africa. In: 15th Biennial IASPM International Conference, 13-17 July 2009, Liverpool, England. (Unpublished)




[From the introduction] In 2006 a relatively unknown South African artist with the stage name Bok van Blerk released his debut album called “De la Rey”. The album included a music video of the title track that calls upon the legendary Boer War general to save the volk (people) from the wantonly destructive strategies of the British imperial forces: the scorched earth policy and the subsequent internment of women and children in concentration camps. The British justified such extreme – some would say ‘genocidal’ – strategies so as to prevent non-combatants from supporting the irregular Boer soldiers. Although he did not believe that the war could be won on account of the overwhelming odds that the Boer forces faced, De la Rey still fought to the bitter end. Needless to say, he was on the losing side.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:IASPM = International Association for the Study of Popular Music
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bok van Blerk; Louis Pepler; De la Rey; music video; interpretation; Jacobus Hercules De la Rey; Koos De la Rey; Afrikaners; identity; Afrikaans music; popular music; Afrikaner nationalism; Voelvry Movement; nostalgia
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > History
ID Code:1491
Deposited By: Mrs Eileen Shepherd
Deposited On:14 Sep 2009
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:20
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