Local klopse king passes away

2017-07-18 06:01
Mogamat Meniers. PHOTO: Samantha Lee (file)

Mogamat Meniers. PHOTO: Samantha Lee (file)

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A local klopse legend has died.

Mogamat Meniers, a pioneer and advocate of local klopse culture, died on Tuesday last week after a battle with cancer.

“I am a legend in the klopse and have been involved with Malay choirs and the klopse for 35 years. I owned one of the first troops in Mitchell’s Plain and through that troop many of them have their own troops now,” he told People’s Post previously (“Taking the Cape to New Zealand”, 25 August 2015).

“Klopse has changed. It is a business now. When I started it was about fun and family. I am trying to continue by teaching it in its pure form, the way it all started,” he said

He was a larger-than-life character who always spoke passionately of the culture and bringing life to the roots of the klopse.

This led him to New Zealand where he helped a fellow South African living there to introduce “klopsekunde”, a subject based on the Cape culture aimed at South Africans living abroad who are seeking to be reconnected with South African culture.

Meniers toured the world representing the culture, singing and sharing songs that paid homage to his homeland.

He was also a missionary who owned a company to help others by fundraising through his love for stage productions, klopse and Malay choirs.

Meniers was laid to rest in accordance with Muslim rites on Wednesday. Hundreds of people attended his janazaa, described as “a beautiful send-off”.

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