The streets of Cape Town will once again come alive with colorful minstrelsy and the sounds of goyema.

After a two-year absence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual minstrel competition, the Malay Choir Road Marches and the historic 2de Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Parade will resume this year.

The Cape Town government says it will provide financial support, event services and waive the use of city facilities for events.

The history of minstrelsy goes back to the days of slavery on the Cape, where thousands of residents regularly attend the Tweede Nuwe Jaar parade. And for a while, while the world struggled with COVID-19, the house fell silent and the atlases gathered away

” What we give is a little happiness for sad people, old people, any type of people, we give a little laugh, make funny faces and smile, and all this brings me joy if we can bring a little happiness. to our people.”

Important for cultural heritage

Cape Town Mayor Jordyn Hill-Lewis says it’s important to preserve the rich cultural heritage of minstrelsy.

“Choirs will once again be heard on the streets of Cape Town. Klopp will be seen again on Tweede Nuwe jaar after a truly awful hiatus over the past few summers, which has obviously taken a toll on the tradition-loving communities. It’s a unique cultural feature of Cape Town and also for many people who rely on what has become a big summer industry in Cape Town, so it’s great to bring it back.”

The minstrel competition will run throughout January and the ‘2de Nuwe Jaar’ minstrel parade will return to its traditional date of 2nd January.

Kaapase Klopse Karnivall director Munib Gambena says the carnival also needs corporates and the community.

“City funding facilitates and supports our goals that we want to achieve. This allows us to activate the event, but this carnival requires corporations and society to join us and talk to us. During the downtime, everyone complained that there was no carnival, now is the time to step up and say let’s take this carnival and really make it the iconic global event that it can be.”

The first of the events, the Cape Malay Choir Board Choir Competition, kicks off in Otteri on Heritage Day this Saturday.

With six of the ten choirs expected to perform, the choral competition is expected to run until the end of October before the grand final at Athlone Stadium.

Cape Malay Choir Board President Ismail Ely says they have ten choirs participating.

“This time post-Covid we’ll have ten choirs involved in this and they’re trying to keep the team together but we’re very happy and excited to be able to introduce them to the team now rather than saying sorry let’s wait until next year, we are resilient. We have always been and this is where we are.”

The city says it will ask the council to approve new three-year agreements to fund marching events to ensure stability and better planning for future events.

Minstrel groups prepare for the event two years ago before COVID-19

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