Can You Help Identify an Afrikaans Song?

Simon wrote looking for help with a South African poem or song that his mother would recite…

My mother was born in Kimberley, South Africa back in 1919. Family name was Rhoda.

Although she left South Africa as a very young child and died in 2007, I can recall she used to recite some lines from an Afrikaans song or poem.

All I can remember was a line which (phonetically) sounded something like “pret prur-rarer” [or “pret” (like the coffee shops Pret a Manger) then “prur-rarer”].

A long shot but it would be amazing if you can recognize from such a limited information but I thought it worth asking… I don’t think my mother knew what the song was about in English but she said she learnt it on the long ship journey from Cape Town to England…

Fingers crossed

Best wishes from England


If anyone can help Simon, please let us know in the comments below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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One Response to “Can You Help Identify an Afrikaans Song?”

  1. Willem Says:

    We don’t know the song, but the pre purr made my colleague remember her mum speaking about a pret-parade (a parade of fun). Here is an example of a recent one in Swellendam.


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