Klopse go to Auckland

2016-02-23 06:00
 Mogamat Meiniers on stage with some of the performers during the hoppa show.

Mogamat Meiniers on stage with some of the performers during the hoppa show.

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He travelled thousands of kilometres to spread his knowledge about the Klopse and Malay choirs.

After being involved for more than 50 years, Mogamat Meiniers’s knowledge was sought to help develop the Cape culture among 220 ethnic groups living in Auckland, New Zealand.

Meiniers was part of a parade through the streets of Auckland that drew close to 300 000 spectators.

Part of the parade was a Klopse troop that could rival any Capetonian troop with colours and face paint to match.

Meiniers says: “There were people from all ethnic groups in the Klopse troop – Tongans, English and South Africans.”

Meiniers also produced a show called the Hoppa Show. It involved Klopse, Malay choirs and a variety show.

“They are so open to embracing our culture that I could train two of them to sing a song in Afrikaans and I sang a song with them in their language,” he says.

Another highlight of the trip was that he has been invited back to coach a Samoan choir.

“All my goals have been achieved,” he says.

He says some of the highlights of his trip was meeting the warm people and reconnecting with Ruthewaan Waggie, who made the trip possible.

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