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Thread #137798   Message #3153202
Posted By: MartinRyan
13-May-11 - 04:47 AM
Thread Name: British ballads in South Africa
Subject: RE: British ballads in South Africa
Interesting question. As a gross simplification, I'd have thought the North American survivals happened in part because of the development of self-sufficient, conservative, isolated English/Scots/Irish communities which survived for a variety of different reasons and preserved some folk traditions. I'm not conscious of that having happened in South Africa which, in a sense, was primarily a maritime service station at the crucial period.

That said, I have a picture in my mind's eye of a small book consisting of "simplified" versions of English/Scots ballads intended to be taught to schoolchildren in British African colonies. Not what the original poster is asking about but indicative of their later use on that continent.