During the Colonial times, the slaves used to have only one day for rest - 2nd of January. This was a time when their masters relaxed and slept after the New Year's deboshery partying. This celebration at that time included a lot of dancing and singing and can be compared to the Rio De Janeiro carnival. Today it is still widely celebrated not only as a continuation of the New Year's celebration, but also a day that marks liberation of the slaves. The bright colourful costumes and the amazing dances, - all looks like 50-60 theatrical shows are happening at the same moment. Come join the plentitude of fun and color and nevermind the huge amounts of people!
Music is an essential part of Kaapse Klopse since it is also often called a minstrel carnival. Over 10,000 musicians or minstrels take to the streets on that day playing an variety of musical instruments. Many minstrels belong to certain klopse (which means clubs or bands in Kaapse Afrikaans). Klopse usually consist of Afrikaans-speaking working class families who have inherited this custom from their grandfathers.
Kaapse Klopse also features many festive competitions: for the best Christmas Choir, Cape Malay Choir and Cape minstrel choir. The music associated with Kaapse Klopse is very eclectic and original since it was influenced by many sources. The Cape of Good Hope received slaves from Madagascar and other East Africa areas as well as from Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and India, which left the trace on the music. The British and the Dutch 17th and 18th centuries marching processions have also made a considerable impact.