date: 23rd february 2013
time: 9:00 AM - 15:00
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The subject of the CAPE MALAYS has long been one which many debates has come about. The Cape Malays today have a distinct culture, and some elements of this culture takes its form in spiritual practices, educational and festive practices.
The Muslim Judicial Council recently issued a fatwa (religious decree) banning muslims of participation in the Coon Carnival. Please see the attachment above.
The Kaapse Klopse, known as the Cape Coons and the Malay Choirs are usually active during New Years celebrations. Singing and dancing accompanied by musical instruments and afrikaans / dutch lyrics makes up a cape malay choir performance, while performers are dressed in english two piece suits and a Red Koefiyah (muslim hat). The coons however, march through the streets wearing multi-coloured uniforms and hats. Their music is somewhat different to the Malay Choir, where brass bands are used, as well as a brigade style percussion.
The Persatuan Seni Silat Pukulan Melaka, has been in existence since 1997 promoting one of the main elements of true malay culture. The malays of Nusanatara, has been keeping Silat alive in their everyday lives. Silat performances can even be seen in wedding ceremonies, which is usually accompanied by silat music, in honour of the bride and groom which is seen to be the King and Queen of the day. see more in the video below.
The Seminar "The Cape Malay Question" will be hosted by Mr M G Hartley (independent Cape Malay researcher) on the 26th January (saturday) 2013. It aims to encourage discussion around the Malay community of Cape Town, known as the 'Cape Malays'.
Those who wish to participate should submit their papers on the topic "The Cape Malay Question" in PDF format by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or hand deliver to 2B Block rd, Kenwyn 7800.
For More info please call Mr Hartley on 0733497663.