Cape Minstrel Carnival

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The Cape Minstrel Carnival is the current name of the oldest carnival in South Africa.

The origins

Originally referred to as the Coon Carnival, but also known as the Cape Coon Carnival or The Cape Coons (In Afrikaans: die Kaapse Klopse or simply Klopse).

Today the use of Coon has fallen away, though Klopse has remained.

Origins of the Coons or Klopse

Coons and Coon troupes

The performance styles

The Coon Festival as event