South Africa , Cape Town Cape Town Minstrel Carnival Or Cape Coons The Official ...
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File name: Cape_coons-6.jpg
Format: film, 35mm
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Source: photographer Based in: Netherlands
Description: South Africa , Cape Town Cape Town Minstrel Carnival or Cape Coons The official end of slavery was celebrated by street parades . The characteristic , close harmony Cape choirs developed from Malay traditions and were strongly influenced by American coon shows . To this day Cape Coons ( an ironic name ) perform in numerous troops during the Carnival , wearing face paint and dressed in glittering jackets and bright ties . Their songs mixed up traditional Dutch and Malay songs with new songs to create a unique style .
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