After a two-year absence due to Covid-19, the annual Minstrel competitions, Malay choir road marches and the historic 2de Nuwe Jaar Minstrel Parade will be hitting the streets of the City of Cape Town with a com- back this summer. The City’s Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith along with Minstrel and Malay Choir organisations hosted a media session to provide an update on the upcoming events.
The City of Cape Town will once again provide financial support, event services and waive the use of City facilities for the events. The first of the events, the Cape Malay Choir Board Choral competition, is taking place at the Good Hope Christian Centre in Ottery on Saturday the 24th of September 2022.The competitions will run until the end of October, culminating in the Grand Finale at the Athlone stadium.
‘These events represent the rich heritage of our beautiful city and they mean so much to thousands of Capetonians who have grown up with the culture associated with Minstrels and Malay Choirs. Not seeing them performing over the last two summers has left a cultural hole in Cape Town. We have all waited eagerly for this day. Ons wil almal weer ‘n slag die klanke van die ghoema hoor en die kleure van die klopse in ons strate sien”
‘We are really looking forward to working with the organisations to ensure we put on a massive celebration for their return and to ensure those who make a livelihood through these events can continue doing so,’ said the Mayor.