South African Festival Plagued by Classism

The Muslim Judicial Council fatwa against the Cape Town minstrels' New Year's festival and Malay choirs has put the spotlight on race and classism. The fatwa prohibits Muslims from participating in the minstrel troupes, or watching the minstrels.

Cape Town Minstrels

  • South Africa:   Bring On the Valahalla Park Minstrels!

    GroundUp, 19 December 2012

    Valhalla Park Entertainers was started in 2002 by Gertrude Square, a community worker from the area. She has been helping youth and seniors in her community for over thirty years. read more »

  • South Africa:   Cape Town Minstrel Feels 'Targeted'

    SAPA, 8 November 2012

    The head of a minstrels' association has accused the City of Cape Town of "targeting him". read more »

  • South Africa:   Conflict Over Cape Town's Minstrels Resolved?

    Biz-Community, 6 October 2011

    The annual Minstrels' Carnival in Cape Town on 2 January every year may be resolved so that marchers will be able to again freely move through the Bo-Kaap streets after the city ... read more »