When the District Six Entertainers take to the streets this year, there will be a key figure missing, somebody many spectators look out for and who led the troupe from the back, with his bold, but entertaining dance moves.
Sulaiman “Boeta Solly” Abrahams from Bo-Kaap was laid to rest from his mother’s Belgravia home on Sunday November 20 after suffering a heart attack at his beloved troupe’s fundraiser on the night before.
The minstrel community went into shock as the news of his untimely death surfaced, with numerous selfies, pictures and memories of the iconic minstrel figure being posted on Facebook.
An executive, from the District Six Entertainers, Kader Miller said the troupe would, “take a lifetime to forget or replace this man”.
“Solly was a man of character, a man with respect and a man who would die for his community. Solly was the kind of person who would sacrifice everything to be with his rugby or with his entertainment. He was a man who was never ever negative, but he would fight for the All Blacks, SKW (SK Walmers rugby club) and D6 Entertainers,” Mr Miller said.
Boeta Solly was also an International Springbok Minstrel, having toured with Mr Miller to the Seychelles as part of the 7 Steps Minstrels on more than one occasion and as usual, ended up winning the hearts of the people overseas by doing what he did best.