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The Cape Minstrel Sculptures, Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.
The music of the Cape Minstrels is unique. They come alive with the strumming of banjos, the squawking of saxophones, the rhythm of guitars and the leader’s shrill whistle. Shuffling along as a pack, faces painted black, eyes painted white, bedecked in straw boaters and extravagantly coloured satin suits, these are people with a proud heritage.
Descended from a vibrant mix of San, Khoi, slaves from Africa, Malay, European sailors and settlers – today’s minstrels laugh unashamedly at pomposity and delight in parading as “Kaapse Klopse”.
Tradesmen, fishermen, builders, craftsmen, and in the main from poorer families, they have an outlandish sense of humour and optimism which contributes much to the fabric of Cape Town. The World famous New Years Day Parade and the unique 2nd January “Tweede Nuwe Jaar/Second New Year” are proud Cape institutions.
In the early days, the traditional dress was top hat and tail coat. This sculpture depicts a troupe captain of that early era, holding a parasol aloft and dancing with a tambourine player and a banjo player.
Sculptor: Maureen Quin, 15 December 2000.
Contct: Maureen Quin
Quin Sculpture Garden, Alexandria, Eastern Cape, South Africa
ID Number 1237
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Author: Alan McIver
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