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The Famous Invincible Darkies*
The famous invincible darkies
Denis-ConstantMartin
New Year at the Cape

Cape Town, early on in the evening of 31 December 1994, in the Bo-Kaap (also known as the Malay Quarter, at the foot of Signal Hill): people, very often whole families, start gathering in the streets and try to find a good spot to watch the choirs when they come. Numerous food and beverage stands are erected. Until the morning of 1 January, nagtroepe, as the singkore or Malay choirs are called on this occasion, march in the streets wearing their special track-suits, stop and sing in front of friends' houses or of social clubs, and are offered a tafel (a table, that is, food and drinks).

The same day, in the morning, Coon1 troupes ...

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