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Sunday, 06 June 2010

Saterdag Sokkie jol

Long long ago, in another world and another time, Saturday nights were about Sokkie jol. 'Sokkie' meaning 'sock' and 'jol' meaning 'party'. It was a time when all the dining room tables would be cleared in the boarding school. We'd go downstairs in our frippery (frippery usually involving jeans, colourful bangles and big hair - it was the 80's after all!) and socks... I used to think the dance was planned for the sole purpose of polishing the floors, but oh, what fun! Gran used to tell us how they'd have floors of peach pits (no, I'm not going to tell you what the bonding agent was) which would get polished up to a high shine by dancers.

So don your socks and polish those floors. The music here is South African. Some new, that I've just discovered and some old.


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Erm... and a 'just because' song... because I couldn't resist ; )




Any requests for the DJ? The floor is open.

35 comments:

  1. Hey! Too much for one blog!!! I'm only on the first video and already wanting to hear it again.. and again.. and.. Shaking on the chair here, thanks, Seffie!

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  2. *laughing* I'll be back to hear. Watching a movie at the moment. ;)

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  3. Awww - wish I had a fast internet to join in, but love the story in the introduction.

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  4. Wish I had some working speakers. JERRY, I NEED SOME SPEAKERS!! Here we would call them Sock Hops. That would be fun to do.

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  5. Dani, the first video is a new discovery for me. Rather fun!

    Kippy, we had a movie once a month in the school hall. It was a small, small town. The school had 85 pupils from Grade 1 through to 12 in total, gathered from the entire district and beyond.

    Lois, put on a cd and just enjoy. The idea is there.

    Faye, get some speakers! : ) Or just put on your own music. Yep, I believe they're called Sock Hops in the US.

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  6. TINT! HOW COOL!!! The music is great and I just had to look up peach pit floors. Those look incredible! Someone was eatin' a lotta peaches though wow. *laughs

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  7. Have we had the whole sokkie discussion? They used to have them once a year in London ..... then as the Boertjies started staying longer it became once a month ... and now there's one a week in certain areas!! I used to go with my sis and BIL and used to feel dizzy if I wasn't dancing - those things gather speed!! ;)
    I don't know that song but I totally recognize the Pierre okie. And I'm pretty sure we definitely had the Evoid talk? Evoid used to play every Friday and Saturday night at the Bok Bar in Covent Garden. One of the brothers has amazing blue eyes. Sadly, it's only our generation that remembers them and they stopped after a while. I have tons of sokkie music if you like. :)

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  8. haha! Jaime, what did you discover? This was in a major fruit-growing region. There were many, many staff on the farm, all eating peaches. Much of the peaches were canned too. In canning, the pips are removed and saved.

    Katey, we've spoken about Evoid and Pierre de Chamois (however you spell his name). When I was looking for a pic to go with this blog (found absolutely NOTHING worthwhile), I saw a lot about the London Sokkie. Pass the sokkie music lol What music do you have?

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  9. *laugh* Excellent music. Takes me back to the '80s when music was more fun. :)

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  10. Kippy, I'm with you all the way there! 80's music was HUGE fun. On the other hand, I've found some pretty good new stuff too : )

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  11. Well I don't see any David Kramer. Stoksiel Alleen would be good for your sokkie!

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  12. haha! You know, I had Stoksiel Alleen open last night... and wondered.... y'know... got to consider the Americans who may well think we're a bit... um... odd ; )

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  13. I think it's waaaaaaay to late for that!! ;)

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  14. hahahhahaa!!!!!!! Omg... you may well have a point there. I mean, you've ruined our reputation as the most sane, most conservative, most normal people out there.

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  15. Me? Single-handedly?
    EXCELLENT!!!! :D

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  16. Absolutely! You don't think I had anything to do with that, do you? *adjusts hat* Hey... did you enjoy my donkey song?? I can't get the dang thing out of my head now.

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  17. lol! It's a good thing not many people understand the words of some of those songs .... like Sproetjies - the age difference boggles the mind! ;)

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  18. Aw.. but it's sweet... and they didn't end up together. It's a man encouraging her to believe in her own beauty.

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  19. Hey... why don't we come up with a playlist for a Multiply Sokkie for next Saturday? We can start it off with something like "Stoksiel alleen".

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  20. *LAUGHING* Ummmm ... what world are YOU living in where you EVER had THAT reputation?

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  21. Hey! Be nice! I'm normal, I tell ya!

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  22. Mmm-hmmmm. Just like me. :)

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  23. hahahahaha! *screeches with laughter* Yes, Kippy... absolutely!

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  24. Haha. Birds of a feather, m'friend. ;)

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  25. =) Just a smile, Tint. The music is still bouncing in my head....

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  26. The floors look GREAT, actually - thought most sites show them sealed with resin, if not painted over. One poster commented she'd hate to clean up an egg dropped on a peach pit floor. *laughs I don't think it'd be so bad, really, but without actually feeling the texture, who knows?

    I think it's a fantastic use for those stony pit thingies and I never would've thought of it myself.

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  27. Kippy, does that make me feather-brained?

    Great, Kat! : )

    Jaime, back in the old days, they used to put dung on the floors, which would dry and smooth out with the peach pits to a very hard, very durable high shine floor. No resin back then ;) I think painting over that lovely peach pit look is a crime.

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  28. *laughs I figured it was something like that ;o) My grandparents used to tell us about using it to seal their floors too.

    I have to admit, the natural look was WAY better than the painted floors. It looked... a little odd? painted. Sorta like painted hardwoods - very strange to me!

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  29. I'm not keen on painted wood at all... or painted face brick.

    They say that dung makes the floors and walls bug-proof, except for the initial tendency to flies and, in South Africa, dung beetles.

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  30. *clasps at her chest Painted... brick????

    I... I...

    nooooo!!!!!

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  31. Face brick homes are fairly common in South Africa. I love the earthy tones. In the US, you guys have mostly wood, I think. We have very few places with wood homes in SA.

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  32. Face brick is the most disgusterous finish ever! Hate it. I say paint it or render it!! Have you seen when they use a high quantity of glass particles in it? If you have a really high end finish it makes it sparkle like a snowflake! :) I guess we will just have to one day never be next door neighbours and not opposies either ... maybe we can let Kippy and Riete separate us .... but there's a a gate in the bottom of the garden so you can pop into my ugly rendered house whenever you want :0 ) PS: Before Danni complains, she's opposite where we can all keep a close eye on her.....

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