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Library Research Week 2017

The Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service is hosting its annual Library Research Week from 31 July to 4 August 2017. Mrs Felicia Lesch (Music Certificate Programme) will also be presenting during this week. Please see further below for more information. Also note that you will need to register for the various sessions.

Michael Dunseith on 'Langarm' dance music

Coloured community and ‘Langarm’ go back a long way

Excerpt from article:

‚ÄčAs a popular South African dance form, 'Langarm' often conjures up images of couples sokkie dancing sedately to the beat of Afrikaans pop music. This is especially how many white South Africans view Langarm.

But 'Langarm' as we know it today, is more than just sokkie; it has a rich history and was already used as a form of recreation and entertainment in the Cape during the colonial period.

Having been influenced by many styles of dance and music over time, such as English Country Dancing, the Quadrille or Square Dances, military dance bands and Cape Malay Quadrille Bands, 'Langarm' over time became increasingly popular especially within the Coloured community.

"The term 'Langarm' was in widespread use by the so-called Coloured communities of District Six and the Cape at large in the late twentieth century, to refer to the then current Ballroom dances and dance bands as well as earlier Ballroom dances and dance bands from the 1930's onward," says Michael Dunseith who recently completed his Master's Degree in Musicology at Stellenbosch University. He's currently exploring additional topics of research for publication, inspired by his thesis. 

[Follow link below to read further.]


Nduduzo Makhathini

Congratulations to Nduduzo Makhathini, a Master's student at Stellenbosch University, who has won 'best jazz album' at the South African Music Awards (SAMA).


Nico Carstens - Accordionist and songwriter

In 2012, South African accordion legend Nico Carstens donated his collection of documents and sound recordings (78s, DVDs, LPs and CDs) to Stellenbosch University. These materials are located in the Music Library: Documentation Centre for Music (DOMUS).

This presentation makes use of materials from the Nico Carstens collection at DOMUS. In this respect, we would like to thank the Carstens family for the permission to reproduce and use the materials for this presentation. Textual information is derived from:  Louw, S.H.R. 2013. Nico Carstens as innoveerder van Suid-Afrikaanse populêre musiek. Unpublished Masters Thesis. University of the Free State. Materials from other sources are referenced accordingly.

We are also indebted to Rachel van Heyningen for processing the Carstens collection.

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Anton Goosen 'Jors Troelie Liedjieboer'

Please follow the link below for the Anton Goosen 'Jors Troelie Liedjieboer' presentation.


Music Library Hours

Semester hours

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:

Tuesday and Thursday:

09:00-12:00 (Long weekends excluded)

*Please note:
From 17:30-19:30 the library is open to staff and students of the Konservatorium only.

Vacation hours

08:00-12:45; 13:45-16:30

Saturday: Closed


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    The Library and Information Service offers a wide range of group training sessions with the main focus on enhancing the information literacy skills of all students at Stellenbosch University. A framework for Information Literacy was contemplated and accepted in 2014 to provide structure for an effective information literacy skills training program. The framework describes the development of different levels of information literacy competency.

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