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klopse, noun

Forms:
Also kloppse, klops.
Origin:
Afrikaans, English, DutchShow more Afrikaans, probably adaptation of English clubs: ‘The scintillating “Klopsdans” (Club Dance — klops, pronounced “klawps” — being a corruption of the English word “club”. The clubs in question..are essentially music clubs.’ (Van Heyningen & Berthoud, Uys Krige, 1966, p.116); or perhaps adaptation of Dutch klop audible bang on a hard surface, referring to the sound of the ghomma drum.
Often in the phrase Kaapse klopse [Afrikaans, Kaaps of the Cape].
1. plural noun Especially in Cape Town: troupes of Cape Malay street singers who sing traditional songs, bitter-sweet but laced with humour, accompanied usually by a ghomma drum, and by particular body movements. See also coon, ghomma sense 1, ghommaliedjie. Also attributive.
1981 Cape Times 10 Jan. 12Some called it ‘coons’, and others ‘klopse’ and they surged through the streets in the wake of the traditional adult coon bands.
1991 Cosmopolitan Jan. 40Ibrahim grew up with the goema beat of the klopse troops, the Malay choirs and the gospel influences of the family church in which his grandmother and dressmaker mother were pianists.
2. transferred sense. Music. The style of music performed by these troupes; also called ghomma (sense 2). See also moppie, sopvleis. Also attributive.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 31 Oct. 7Now the Genuines..have gone to the roots of traditional Cape Music. Known as moppie and sopvleis and played by klopse (clubs or troops), although klopse has become the general term, it is to the coloured community what Highlife is to Lagos or what mbaqanga is to Soweto.
1989 Personality 26 June 77That dinkum old Coon Carnival player, Mr Mac, and his son and friends The Genuines do a more honest rendition of Kaapse Kloppse.
troupes of Cape Malay street singers who sing traditional songs, bitter-sweet but laced with humour, accompanied usually by a ghomma drum, and by particular body movements.
The style of music performed by these troupes; also called ghomma (sense 2).

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