b.A party or other social occasion, especially an all-night entertainment held in a township.
[1900P. Hargreaves inW.G. Mills,Role of African Clergy in Reorientation of Xhosa Society. (1975) 75The young people are giving increased trouble by the vices and follies they run after with greediness. They are introducing night Tea-parties under the pretence of helping Church Funds.]
1980D.B. CoplanUrbanization of African Performing Arts. 175In the Cape Standard for January 11, 1866..a White observer praised an African church choir performance in Graaff-Reinet...He notes that while all attending were not converts, they all enjoyed the ‘tea-meeting’. During the latter third of the 19th century, both rural and urban church communities held tea-meetings on Saturday nights, sponsored in rotation by individual members of the church women’s group (manyano). Liquor was not served...All-night tea-meetings were extremely popular among Cape Africans at the turn of the century...Tea-meetings characterized early urbanization, involving a fusion of economic and social activities parallel to that involved in traditional work-for-beer parties.
1980D.B. CoplanUrbanization of African Performing Arts. 176Government officials and missionaries were disturbed by the expansion of ‘tea-meetings’ to cover a variety of African entertainments in the towns.
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