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Cape minstrels headed to Seychelles to showcase SA talent

The 7 Steps Minstrel troop will be entertaining crowds in the heart of the Seychelles.

FILE: Celebrations at the annual Cape Minstrels Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Despite being drenched in controversy over the funding of the Tweede Nuwe Jaar event, the Cape Town Minstrels have proven their talents by being invited to join the Carnaval International de Victoria in the Seychelles.

For the fifth year since 2011, the 7 Steps Minstrel troop will be entertaining crowds in the heart of the Seychelles.

Earlier this year, the minstrels were criticised for postponing Cape Town's Tweede Nuwe Jaar event more than once.

The minstrels also received backlash from the City of Cape Town, who demanded the group account for the R3.6 million and additional R2 million funding made available to them for the event.

Kader Miller of the 7 Steps Minstrels troop said the group was ecstatic to be sharing Cape Town's rich culture with a nation just as diverse.

"We just bonded because our cultures are similar."

Miller, who chooses nine representatives from each minstrel troop, said previous trips had been a great experience for band members.

He added that the experience is made even better because the Republic of Seychelles is a welcoming place.

"They're such interesting people, we've made friends with all of them, they welcome us; they welcome everyone."

_LISTEN: _ _Cape Town _minstrels heading to Seychelles to showcase SA talent