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Some real Africana (classic afrikaans songs) by Chris Blignaut.

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  • Joe Karam - the man who would have kicke...
    by Kimbo on March 2, 2014 at 1:08 PM
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    Attached is coverage of Joe Karam's test debut. His New Zealand team was described as "the worst All Blacks of all time", while the Welsh were "the greatest ever". Yet New Zealand won, courtesy of Karam's kicking - and Keith Murdoch, who tragically was banished from the tour less than 48 hours later. Notice how the great commentator Bill McLaren describes nearly every kick that Karam lined up as "vital". Even more remarkable was Karam's unshakeable temperament in the context - the Welsh HATED these All Blacks. Alex Wyllie was spat upon by the crowd when he had to go off injured. The hostility continued after the game and was was part of the reason that the unstable Murdoch over-reacted that night at the Angel Hotel in the heart of Cardiff. Yet there is Karam in the middle of it all, kicking vital penalty after vital penalty in his test debut. SURELY he would have done the same in South Africa in 1976, if he hadn't gone to Rugby League for a few thousand dollars - not for the money, but more on a matter of principle. A remarkable man, as his championing of David Bain has confirmed in the last few years. A game of two halves. The All Blacks, courtesy of Kirkpatrick, Wyllie, Sutherland and Going dominated the play in the first half, with great contributions from Peter Whiting in the lineout, accurate up-and-unders from Burgess - and Karam kicked the points from the pressure. Just after halftime the Welsh scored a try out of nothing, and put the young All Blacks under the hammer. From there a combination of some All Black indiscipline and the occasional Welsh 'Hollywood' (and they complained about Andy Haden in 1978?!) made it a mighty close run thing. But Karam never faltered.

  • Groen & Goud (Vat hom Dawie) - The Bats
    by All Blacks 1996 on January 15, 2014 at 11:24 PM
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    A music video nomination for the greatest rugby song of all time, "Groen & Goud" by The Bats from 1967. Images of Dawie de Villiers, Tiny Naudé and Frik du Preez is intercut with footage of the Springboks playing the All Blacks in 1965, featuring all three players.

    I would like to dedicate this song to McLook, Rudi van Schalkwyk, and his neighbour Drikus van der Merwe.

  • Kinders van die wind
    by McLook on January 9, 2014 at 3:56 PM
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    While I am at it I just have to add this one by Koos du Plessis as well. Incredible beautiful Afrikaans. No matter how many times I listen to it the way he uses the Afrikaans language makes me cry every time.

  • Koos du Plessis
    by McLook on January 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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    My favourite Afrikaans singer and song. This guy was just phenomenal. Unfortunately you need to understand Afrikaans to really appreciate it. Its a song about our obsession for the bright lights of success. How we chase the end of the rainbow in the hope to find happiness.

  • Groete aan Mannetjies movie trailer
    by McLook on January 9, 2014 at 3:23 PM
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    On request of AB96

  • Doc Craven
    by McLook on June 19, 2011 at 4:43 AM
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    Leon Schuster singing about Dr Danie Craven.

  • Laurika Rauch - Mannetjies Roux
    by McLook on May 30, 2011 at 7:56 PM
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    What I like about this video is that it actually show Mannetjies Roux in action scoring his try against the Lions.

  • Frik drop, place and score
    by McLook on May 30, 2011 at 7:40 PM
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    O.K, this is not music but some classic radio commentary.

  • Donkie is 'n wonderlike ding
    by McLook on February 13, 2011 at 4:51 AM
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    This recording by Chris Blignaut is real classic Afrikaner music of the early years. Not rugby but classic bits of history and very hard to get nowadays.

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