A screenshot from the video for "Zabalaza"
This Music Video Highlights The Spatial Inequalities of Cape Town
Watch the music video for "Zabalaza" by Soundz of the South.
Cape Town-based hip-hop and spoken word collective, Soundz of the South (SOS) just released their debut music video for the song "Zabalaza."
In the video, which is direct by the award-winning Jenna Bass, you can see a juxtaposition of the affluent suburbs (and CBD) and the hoods where black people were dumped by the apartheid government. This juxtaposition is mostly achieved with the use of drone shots, which give you an aerial view of the aforementioned areas.
There is nothing new the music video is showing; spatial inequality in South Africa, especially Cape Town, is not a new issue. But you will hardly see such music videos in South African hip-hop, and until an issue is dealt with, artists can never talk about it enough.
SOS is a collective that prioritizes social commentary over aesthetic. In their music, they have covered pertinent topics such as Fees Must Fall and the Marikana Massacre, among other issues. So a song like "Zabalaza" is something you'd typically expect from them.