The making of the minstrels

GroundUp | Ashraf Hendricks:

The Cape Town Minstrel Carnival also known as ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ is celebrated annually on 2 January. The colourful costumes, face paint, music and comical dancing bring this unique Cape Town event to life. Many thousands of people perform in the parade in one of city’s biggest tourist attractions. The face painting process involves four steps. First, is the base coat, then some colour, then a brush is used to do the details, and finally glitter is added… Read more

Image: Shamiel Salie (not pictured) adds the final touches to Tashriq Reid (17), a member of the Cape Argus District 6 Entertainers troupe