Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association competition kicks off

Supporters and fans queued at Athlone Stadium’s gates from as early as 6am to gain entry and get the best seats ahead of the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association’s annual competition.

The competition kicked off on Saturday January 6 where minstrel troupes competed in various categories. The competition will run across five weekends where troupes are divided into two sections, competing in Best Dress, Best “Voorloeper”, “Klopse Jol”, Best Band and singing categories.

Excitement at the stadium was high as the venue filled with the sounds of well-known sing-alongs and the troupes’ anthems for the 2023/2024 season.

Supporters and fans queued early at Athlone Stadium to get prime seating for the kick-off of the Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association’s annual competition. Picture: Lauren Paris
Manenberg Superstars participating in the Grand March Pass competition category. Picture: Lauren Paris
The Original D6 Hanover Minstrels strutting their marching skills. Picture: Lauren Paris

Exquiste Golden Gate from Bonteheuwel competing in the Grand March Pass. Picture: Fuad Esack
The Mitchell’s Plain Young Tycoons in all their splendour. Picture: Fuad Esack

The item most spectators look forward to is the “Klopse Jol” – this is one of the most loved items by both troupes and spectators. Troupes show off their sound and drum majors are judged during this item.

The West London All Stars during their “Klopse Jol”. Picture: Fuad Esack
The Ashwin Willemse Orients troupe from Sherwood Park, Manenberg. Picture: Fuad Esack
The Exquisite Golden Gate Entertainers enjoying their “Klopse Jol”, playing their trending anthem. Picture Fuad Esack
Juvie Boys Entertainers’ supporters applauding the team. Picture: Lauren Paris
The “Minister of Klops”, Juvie Boys Entertainers’ public relations officer, Ikraam van Witt. Picture: Fuad Esack
Philadelphians Minstrels from Grassy Park with a show-stopping performance of Nessun Dorma. Picture: Fuad Esack
Seen in competition mode are Playaz Inc from Mitchell’s Plain, showing off their skills. Picture: Fuad Esack
The Fabulous Seawinds jingle squad. Picture: Fuad Esack