A.noun phraseA member of a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking and Muslim group being partly descended from slaves or political exiles sent to the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries from Indonesia, India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Malaysia, and Madagascar; Cape Muslimnoun phrase; Malaynoun sense 1.
Perhaps used by some in a broader sense, designating a Cape Coloured. During the apartheid era, ‘Cape Malay’ was an official ethnic designation for race-classification purposes, being one of the sub-groups of the ‘Coloured’ group.
Members of this group live mainly in the Western Cape, but there are also well-established Cape Malay communities in other (especially large urban) areas.
1861J.S. MaysonMalays of Capetown 17The Cape Malays are of the orthodox sect of the Sonnites.
1883‘A Cape Colonist’Cape Malays 6In consequence of the various changes that have taken place, and their being mixed with the Malagasey, Angola and other slaves, and also with the European race, the Cape Malays are presented now in somewhat a different aspect.
1944I.D. Du PlessisCape Malays 1The local Muslims..can roughly be divided into two groups: the Cape Malays (about 35,000), whose home language is Afrikaans, and the Indians (about 5,000), who speak their own languages as well as English.
1952Drum July 21The Cape Malays have preserved many excellent customs from the East.
1961Off. Yr Bk of Union No. 30, 1960 (Bureau of Census & Statistics) 566Cape Malays. Persons who in fact are, or who are generally accepted as members of the race or class known as the Cape Malays....Although the Cape Malays are a separate group, they only numbered 62,807 at the 1951 census, and they are generally not shown separately for statistical purposes, but included in the Coloured group.
1963A.M. Louw20 Days 74Her eldest daughter had married a Cape Malay. That was the reason for the curry dish.
1920R. JutaTavern 100Cape-Malay women, exquisitely-made, dainty creatures, with lustrous dark eyes blackened, henna-stained finger nails, yellow or green silk head handkerchief drawn low and square over the brow.
1953Drum May 44Those who feel like praising the Cape Malay community usually think of only one description for them — ‘The most law-abiding section of the Coloured community’.
1960J.J.L. SissonS. Afr. Judicial Dict. 88A woman who was born in India of a Cape Malay mother and Asiatic father and who lived as a member of a Cape Malay community.
1971 Radio South Africa 2 Feb.As the older members of the Cape Malay people pass on so the old songs vanish.
1981S. Afr. Panorama July 34It is in the field of folk singing that the Cape Malayan community has made its most significant contribution to South African cultural life.
1987S. Afr. Panorama May 49This band, that must have taken some tips from a Cape Malay band, performs over weekends at the centre.
1988E. Platter inSunday Times 24 July 25All the delicacies which for years have been described as Cape Malay.
1988Daily Dispatch 23 Feb. 17Mr Essop said he was classified Cape Malay.
1990Drum Dec. 49He was impressed with their unique rap style mixed with Geema African, Cape Malay, Boeremusiek and the mbaqanga township-street-beat.
A member of a predominantly Afrikaans-speaking and Muslim group being partly descended from slaves or political exiles sent to the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries from Indonesia, India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Malaysia, and Madagascar; Cape Muslimnoun phrase; Malaynoun1.
Of or pertaining to the Cape Malay group; Cape Muslimadjectival phrase; Malayadjective.
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