Kaapse Klopse: Cape Town Ministrel Carnival, by Gerald Hoberman
Cape Town was introduced to the buoyant musical style of African-American minstrel troupes when the Confederate warship Alabama called at the Cape to take on supplies in 1862. Impromptu performances were given by the ship's slaves, and throngs of locals (many of whom were recently freed slaves themselves) responded with great enthusiasm. Kaapse Klopse: Cape Town Ministrel Carnival features extraordinary contemporary photographs of recent events by Gerald Hoberman.
The impact of this visit is immortalised in the popular Cape minstrel song Daar kom die Alibama, the spice of the diverse origins, rhythms and cultures of the Cape's coloured inhabitants, a blend as rich and flavourful as Cape Malay curry. Equally significant musical milestones, of perhaps more profound influence in the evolution of the Kaapse Klopse, were the subsequent visits to these shores by professional African-American minstrel troupes, the most famous of which was Orpheus McAdoo and the Virginia Jubilee Singers. McAdoo, who was born a slave in North Carolina, toured South Africa several times, once for as long as 18 months, in the early 1890s. He and his troupe provided not only fine entertainment but also an inspiring example of what might be achieved by black people rising above the harsh conditions of their lives at the time. To the adopted structure of African-American minstrel and spiritual music was added the spice of the diverse origins, rhythms and cultures of the Cape's coloured inhabitants (descended from West and East African, East Indian and indigenous forebears), a blend as rich and flavourful as Cape Malay curry, resulting in the joyous, umbrella-twirling, occasionally melancholy, always vibrant, inimitable sound and spectacle of the Kaapse Klopse. An undoubted highlight in the annals of the Kaapse Klopse was the performance given by The Pennsylvanians' minstrel troupe for Princess Elizabeth (soon to be Queen Elizabeth II) during the 1947 Royal Visit to South Africa. After a memorable rendition of the song 'Take me home Kathlena', the group was royally renamed 'The Famous Pennsylvanians'. 'The Pennsylvanians' minstrel troupe performed for Princess Elizabeth (soon to be Queen Elizabeth II) during the 1947 Royal Visit to South Africa During the apartheid era, promoters controlled the minstrel fraternity, and annual 'shows' were staged at various city stadiums, such as Hartleyvale, the Green Point Track and the Goodwood showgrounds, for the use of which the promoters competed according to a tender system administered by the Cape Town municipality. With the advent of democracy in 1994, the City of Cape Town and the various minstrel groupings worked together to abolish the tender system and to establish a single organisation representative all of the troupes. In 1996, the Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Association was created for this purpose, and the first carniva held under its auspices was officially opened by President Nelson Mandela (an honourable patron of the association). The Kaapse Klopse always have been a dynamic, ever-changing cultural force, with each succeeding generation adopting, adapting and creating music, costume, movement and song in a uniguely Capetonian tradition that is both deeply historical and refreshingly contemporary. [...]
This is an excerpt from the book: Kaapse Klopse: Cape Town Ministrel Carnival, by Gerald Hoberman.
Title: Kaapse Klopse
Subtitel: Cape Town Ministrel Carnival
Author: Gerald Hoberman
Genre: Photobook, coffee-table book
Publisher: Gerald & Marc Hoberman Collection
Cape Town, South Africa 2009
ISBN 9781919939520 / ISBN 978-1-919939-52-0
Hardcover, 25 x 25 cm, 120 pages, 200 colour photographs
Hoberman, Gerald im Namibiana-Buchangebot
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