Kaapse Klopse children participants,
‘Kaapse klopse’ or Cape Town Minstrel Carnival: The city of Cape Town comes alive to celebrate new year in a raucous carnival the likes of which are not seen elsewhere in the world, unless you’re ready to compare it with the mardi gras in New Orleans and the carnevale in Rio de Janeiro, which it isn’t, not quite, although certainly it has its roots therein.
The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, as it’s officially known, takes place every year at new year when thousands of musicians, singers, dancers and tailors connected to them, gear themselves for the traditional ‘Kaapse klopse’ or ‘Coon carnival’ (its more common name - although this isn’t a particularly politically correct term in the ‘new South Africa’).
The origin of the carnival stretches back to the 19th century and has its origins in the time of slavery in Cape Town, when the original citizens of District Six were allowed their one day off on January 1st. The event, which has developed a distinct Cape flavour, is also supposed to have ties to the minstrel entertainers who stopped off in Cape Town on huge American ocean liners, over 100 years ago.
Over ten thousand costumed, banjo-picking musicians and dancers, their faces painted white, as opposed to the original black-painted faces of the visiting minstrels, parade and march through the streets, followed by a series of dance, singing and costume competitions at Green Point Stadium.
With band names like ‘dixies’, ‘the district six band’, and songs like ‘take me to Mannenberg’, this is a celebration of life and new year, rather than a reflection on the days of slavery, for most of those involved are third or fourth generation, and the more garish the costume, and the more the banjo tunes can make your feet tap, the better.
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rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-11 12:14
Very nice picture. I not so sure about the colors of those uniforms, but what you did with it is great. Your framing is perfect letting no space for anything else.
marabu61 (8145) 2012-07-11 12:49
A nicely condensed shot of this boy group. I like the way the one boy looking at the camera is sharp, while the others are slightly out of focus.
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-07-11 14:11
Wonderful pastels here, surrounding the expressive faces of the subjects. Nicely framed and executed shot!
Nasy (124) 2012-07-11 14:32
I like the different facial expressions of these three boys,especially the one in the back whose attention is on the front boy's cloth I guess.
Vivid, lively colors,and well-composed.
Have a nice time,
timecapturer (48046) 2012-07-12 3:06
a stunning shot this. Full of intriguing expressions and so thought provoking. Once again a picture that is evocative and superbly executed. Fascinating stuff! Love the way you have presented this too.
Regards - Brian.
mirosu (13340) 2012-07-12 3:41
This is great group portrait. A well presented crop allows eyes to remain fixed on the boys faces. This is a really beautiful interaction, and is a good example of portrait mode. The nice colors in lend a lovely hue to the scene. Well done.