Cape Minstrels' Carnival

Cape Minstrels' Carnival

January
The Annual Minstrels' Carnival in Cape Town, South Africa, was inspired by the animated singing and dancing of African-American musicians and singers of the United States. Bands are organized during the year, money is raised to purchase the materials needed for their costumes, and on New Year's Day, Second New Year (January 2), and the week or so that follows, the bands take over the city, displaying their costumes and performing their music in the streets.
This roisterous carnival is offset by string bands, the members of which are decorously dressed and parade with great dignity while playing sacred and other songs during the Christmas and New Year season.
CONTACTS:
Cape Town Routes Unlimited
P.O. Box X9108
Cape Town, 8000 South Africa
27-21-426-5639; fax: 27-21-426-5640
www.tourismcapetown.co.za
SOURCES:
FolkWrldHol-1999, p. 14