GAWIE CILLIERS MEMORIAL LECTURE
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The origins of congregational song are both fascinating and complex. It is therefore very important that the migration of a song from its inception (for instance in the Middle Ages) is carefully researched and documented until its latest version (for instance in the Liedboek). In this lecture I selected three categories of origin for five congregational hymns in Afrikaans from the Liedboek (2001): Medieval Latin texts, secular sources and curious South African connections. There are many more and several other liedere (hymns) also fit into the chosen categories.