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This Music Video, “Zabalaza” Tackles Spatial Inequality in Cape Town

It’s not enough until it’s enough. Any form of agitation for social change cannot be over stated if it hasn’t become redundant.

"Zabalaza" Music Video by Sound of the South

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.

A Screenshot of the Hood in Cape-Town, South Africa from the the video “Zabalaza”

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.

A Screenshot of the Suburb Aerial View from the Video “Zabalaza “

“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.

Watch the video below, and listen to more SOS music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud.


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Henry I. Ugwu

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Henry I. Ugwu is a writer, opinion journalist, media scholar, social media strategist and crisis management expert.

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