New Year Carnival and the Alibama

New Year Carnival and the Alibama is a new exhibition introducing the history of Cape Town’s New Year carnival. In particular, the stories behind the famous Afrikaans song, ‘Die Alibama’, sung in Cape Town from the second half of the 19th century, are explored. It is traditionally sung by Klopse and Nagtroepe (Malay Choirs) and played to a ghoema (drum) rhythm. The exhibition features the flag of the Confederate States of America flown on the steamship CSS Alabama. The flag was donated to Iziko Museums in the 1920s.


Paul Tichmann Curator
Tel. 021 467 7215