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Published on Oct 18, 2011
If you ever needed proof that the roots of boeremusiek run deep, here is the perfect example by Willie Welgens and his Suikerbossie (Sugarbush) Orchestra. Welgens and his band were amongst the first boeremusiek bands to be recorded in South Africa -- before the type of concertina music they performed was even called boeremusiek. Welgens's skill on the concertina is clear in this little piece, a rendition of "Tico-Tico no Fubá" (Sparrows in the Cornmeal), the renowned Brazilian choro music piece composed by Zequinha de Abreu in 1917.
The first recording of the work was made by Orquestra Colbaz (Columbia 22029, 1931). As far as I can tell, this recording (Gallotone GE 431) dates to the late 1930s or early 40s.