The Rehoboth Basters, is it any future for them in Africa?

Discussion in 'Africa' started by litwin, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. wyly

    wyly Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2008
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    I dont know, I can honestly say I've met any true Boers that I've liked...all the S African friends I've had were of mixed african euro ancestry....
  2. klipkap

    klipkap Well-Known Member

    Nov 7, 2006
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    Sorry for that deviation in your thread, but I felt a need to answer the misinformed attempt at PC.

    Nice to be reminded of the Basters again. I presume that you know that Baster is linked in linguistic origin to Bastard, not in the colloquial curse sense, but referring to their mixed blood. They are a 'mulatto' people VERY similar to the cape Coloureds as you noted in your OP.

    The dance and the folk costumes they wear are certainly derived from the Volkmusiek or Boeremusiek of the Afrikaner Boers. The women wore exactly the same 'kappies' (bonnets), and their folk dances are near as dam-mit identical. I cannot remember the Cape Coloureds maintaining those dances. They have their own very colourful and musical customs which continues as strongly as ever .... thank goodness.

    It used to be called the Coon Carnival, and somehow in this world of PC that has remained, or the Kaapse Klopse in Afrikaans. It is a minstrel festival celebrated on the 2nd of January and the main parade is performed by troupes similar to the Rio de Janeiro Samba schools. Banjos play a prominent part as do brass instruments, accordions, combined with traditional and spicy lyrics (traditionally historic) and calypso-style dancing. Young and old get stuck in.

    Enjoy the jolliness. I love it.


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