Juvie Boys crowned carnival kings

Juvie Boy Entertainers’ Aashiq Carelse and fellow troupe members go through their paces in their team’s opening act, at Saturday’s Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) Section Two finals, at Athlone Stadium. Picture: Fuad Esack

Lentegeur’s Juvie Boy Entertainers (JBE) were crowned Section Two winners at the fifth and final week of the Hollywoodbets and Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association (KKKA) stadium competitions which took place at Athlone Stadium on Saturday February 3.

Juvie Boys impressed in various categories, winning their fifth consecutive Group Song title, Best Band, Klopse Jol, Afrikaans Moppie Song, Female Sentimental and others.

JBE’s Zubair Essop, Ayub Brenton and other squad members make their way to the stage area at Saturday’s finals, at Athlone Stadium. Picture: Fuad Esack

Putting together a wining team is no joke, says JBE founder, Yusuf Gester, but an all-round team effort helped them to pull off the big win.

More than a choir or klops, JBE is all about community and having the right people and systems in place to ensure success, he said.

“For JBE its firstly about serving the community and having a troupe is just one part of the project which creates other platforms to serve our people. The minstrel activities itself is more about the fun and enjoyment and also to showcase the talent of our performers and staff, said Gester.

Naeem Gester and fellow troupers showing up for JBE at Saturday’s finals. Picture: Fuad Esack

“I think the most common challenge for all minstrel troupes is the lack of funding. Putting a troupe on the road to participate for a season is a mammoth task and to support the activation of those tasks, funding is the key factor. Other limitations are suitable venues for rehearsals, transport, intrumentation and feeding of members at rehearsals,” he said.

Juvie Boy Entertainers (JBE) were crowned Section Two winners at the weekend’s finals at Athlone Stadium. Picture: Fuad Esack

“It takes a lot of human resources, but appointments of staff is critical. You need lots of time to implement all the plans and projects and of course, you need loads of finances, which is often lacking,” he said.

“We have a very extensive executive committee that is entrusted with various operational tasks that is minstrel related, but they are also very involved in delivering our community social upliftment projects, such as feeding, prayer gatherings, Christmas carols and so on, he said.

Juvie Boy Entertainers’ Achmad Davids and co didn’t come to play, they came to win. Picture: Fuad Esack

“They are also actively involved in handling our logistics of choir and music departments, which runs throughout the year and they are the cornerstone of fundraising events, which creates the platform for management to empower and strengthen the skills of the exco,” Gester said.

JBE fans show support for their team at Saturday’s Klopse competition finals. Picture: Fuad Esack

Established in 2012, JBE is among the bigger troupes on the minstrel front, with close to 1500 members taking to the street at this year’s “Tweede Nuwe Jaar“ parade in the CBD.

Gester said their numbers were roughly the same at the stadium competition, but the choir or “singpak” is significantly reduced.

“Our singpak this year was only 80 members as we minimised the singpak tally. As young as the singpak members are, they are experienced choristers and they love singing,” he said.

Choir master, maestro Ameer Williams, directing the Juvie Boy singpak at Saturday’s finals. Picture: Fuad Esack

“We basically start rehearsals after Ramadaan and Eid. The choirmaster is the legendary Ameer Williams and he oversees a coaching technical staff, choreographer and flanked by an engineering team and manager.

Lauren Solomons and JBE singpak on stage during Saturday’s stadium finals. Picture: Fuad Esack

“In this department we are enriched with experience and ability and our engineering team, Moosa Parker and Yunus Jones are the glue between the technical staff and our very talented singpak.

“The singpak is co-ordinated by the loveable Ayyoob Gester who makes sure that our well-blended singpak members stay focused to the task,” he said.

Vocalist Aziza Richards during her stint under the spotlight with JBE at Saturday’s finals. Picture: Fuad Esack

“I would like to encourage local businesses and corporates to invest in these type of activities and organisations as it’s a huge investment in the social upliftment of our communities,” said Gester said.

“On this note, I must comment the JBE management partners, Nasief Hoosain and Shahied Davids.”

We are champions, says Juvie Boys vocalist Ameen Bruno Hernandez following his solo set at Saturday’s finals. Picture: Fuad Esack
Teams gather at the post competition awards presentation with Kaapse Klopse Karnival Association chairman Muneeb Gambino passing by in the foreground. Picture: Fuad Esack
Mitchell’s Plain Young Tycoons dancer, Shawaaz Charles and her partner, entertain themselves and the crowd ahead of the team’s opening song. Picture: Fuad Esack
Vortex Dance Family formed part of Mitchell’s Plain Young Tycoons entourage at Saturday’s finals. Picture: Fuad Esack
Mitchell’s Plain Young Tycoons gather for a group picture following their performance at Saturday’s finals, at Athlone Stadium.

Section 2 results

Grand March Pass

5th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

4th: MP Young Tycoons

3rd: Playaz

2nd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

1st: Juvie Boys

Juvenile Drum Major

5th: TV Stars

4th: MP Young Tycoons

3rd: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

2nd: Juvie Boys

1st: Playaz

Adult Drum Major

5th: TV Stars

4th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

3rd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

2nd: Juvie Boys

1st: Playaz

Klopse Jol

5th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

4th: MP Young Tycoons

3rd: Playaz

2nd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

1st: Juvie Boys

Best Dressed

5th: MP Young Tycoons

4th: Ashwin Willemse Orient

3rd: Playaz

2nd: Juvie Boys

1st: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

Juvenile Sentimental

5th: MP Young Tycoons

4th: Manenberg Superstars

3rd: TV Stars

2nd: Playaz

1st: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

Female Sentimental

5th: Wesbank Entertainers

4th: Ashwin Willemse Orient

3rd: MP Young Tycoons

2nd: TV Stars

1st: Juvie Boys

Male Sentinental:

5th: MP Young Tycoons

4th: Juvie Boys

3rd: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

2nd: Manenberg Superstars

1st: Playaz

Afrikaans Moppie Song

5th: Playaz

4th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

3rd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

2nd: TV Stars

1st: Juvie Boys

English Combined Chorus

5th: Playaz

4th: MP Young Tycoons

3rd: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

2nd: Juvie Boys

1st: Ashwin Willemse Orient

Juvenile Combined Chorus

5th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

4th: TV Stars

3rd: D6 Minstrels

2nd: Playaz

1st: Ashwin Willemse Orient

Best Band

5th: TV Stars

4th: Playaz

3rd: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

2nd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

1st: Juvie Boys

Best Group Song

5th: Manenberg Superstars

4th: TV Stars

3rd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

2nd: Playaz

1st: Juvie Boys

Adult Coon Song:

5th: Playaz

4th: TV Stars

3rd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

2nd: Manenberg Superstars

1st: Juvie Boys

Overall position:

5th: TV Stars

4th: Original D6 Hanover Minstrels

3rd: Ashwin Willemse Orient

2nd: Playaz

1st: Juvie Boys