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 "Colour Sergeant" 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 Sergeant Heaven, the troupe may have been drawn from a division of African military personnel.

See also Minstrels


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 167

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