African Minstrels

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The African Minstrels was a minstrels group in Cape Town in circa 1862.

The company

Consisting of eight men under the leadership of Captain Heaven "Coloured Captain" Heaven, they are reported as having performed an interlude during a performance of The Miller and His Men and A Kiss in the Dark by officers and men from the 11th Regiment in the Barracks Theatre, Cape Town on Tuesday 2 December 1862.

Given the title borne by Captain Heaven the troupe may have been drawn from a division of African military personnel.

See also Minstrels


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp.

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