Spatial inequality in South Africa, especially Cape Town, is not a new issue. But you will hardly see it being portrayed in South African hip-hop music videos until now.
Sounds of the South (SOS), a hip-hop and spoken word collective in Cape Town just released it’s debut music video for their song “Zabalaza.” Directed by Award-winning Jenna Bass, the music video shows the affluent suburbs juxtaposed with the hoods where black people were dumped by the apartheid government in Cape Town. Mostly achieved with the use of drone shots, the video gives you an aerial view of Cape Town and the people living there.
“Zabalaza” isn’t necessarily a beautiful music video in terms of the theme it explores. Apartheid is still ugly and will always be.
Moreover, SOS is about social commentary, raising crucial conversation and advocating for social change using their creative craft of music and spoken word. Using their music, SOS have been able to cover pertinent topics such as Fees Must Fall and the Marikana Massacre, among other issues.