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.
1981 S. Afr. Panorama July 34A lower level of music for the masses..consists of three divisions — the Klopse, commonly known as Coons, the ‘Dutch’ (Malay) night troops, and the Christmas choirs.
1987 New Nation 3 Dec. 11As a tribute to the Kaapse-Klopse tradition, the group has just released an album with Mac’s father, Sam McKenzie, one of the original Goema leaders...‘Mac and The Genuines’..is a combination of moppies and sopvleis (klopse-lingo for humorous and serious music respectively).
1990 Staffrider Vol.9 No.1, 14A voice from an open doorway shouted, ‘What does Meneer want?’ ‘I’d like to know where Mr Levy lives, the one who makes clothes for the coons.’ ‘It’s too early for the klops-gear, Meneer.’
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.
1987 Personality 15 June 66With the exception of Dollar Brand, klopse-inspired music has never been played commercially in clubs.
1989 Fair Lady 18 Jan. 15A jazzy blues sound with an understated dash of township jive, a spot of Kaapse klop and a hint of something Eastern.
1989 M. Behr in Fair Lady 12 Apr.Bubbling banjo from one of the few surviving exponents of Kaapse Klopse makes for a memorable indigenous experience.
1989 C. Chapman in Edgars Club Apr. 45There were the unique body movements of the indigenous Cape people, the Hottentots and Bushmen. They used a kind of shoulder-shake, a trembling body and shuffling foot movement. This body movement translates into the characteristic rhythms employed by the troupes, and known as klopse, which also involves a highly developed singing tradition. This klopse music developed out of the freedom of the slaves, who were then allowed to sing and dance through the streets.
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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