January 28, 2013
Music videos filmed in Cape Town
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
Cape Town has long inspired the arts – either in song, or by capturing the beautiful scenery and inhabitants of the place. In the world of music videos, there is no shortage of examples of the Mother City's stunning visuals being seen on screen.
Below, we highlight some of the best examples of Cape Town being featured in music videos:
Kongos – Escape
Not only is this music video filmed in Cape Town, the song is also about Cape Town. Listen closely to the story: when it seems like the world is collapsing around you, best pack your bags and head for "that southern tip"! It's a beautiful track by the Phoenix-based band with close ties to South Africa, who shot scenes for Escape in Silvermine, the harbour and elsewhere in the "Good Hope town".
Solange Knowles – Losing You
Beyoncé's sister, Solange, filmed the video for her 2012 release Losing You in the vibrant township of Langa, near Pinelands. Dressed in a variety of interesting outfits, Solange hangs out at the local barber, visits a tailor's shop, and does what many local Capetonians do regularly – piles into a minibus taxi for a rather "cozy" ride with her fellow passengers! The video hints at the colour and vibrancy of township life in South Africa.
A – Nothing
British alt-rockers A released this track back in 2001 – and yet, the unmistakable inner-city streets of Cape Town's CBD are still instantly recognisable to anyone who has paid the Mother City a visit. The band somehow managed to empty entire streets to film this one, giving Cape Town an eerie, post-apocalyptic feel, which matches the heavy guitar sounds of this track. Look out for the unfinished highway, the Civic Centre, lower Long Street and other places on the Foreshore.
Coldplay – Paradise
You know that Chris Martin and co. were on the right track when they chose to film the video for a song called Paradise in South Africa. Filmed during their tour here in 2011, the video tells the tale of an elephant that escapes the London Zoo and is reunited with the rest of his elephant band on the plains of Africa. Sort of. Best to just watch the video!
iScream & the Chocolate Stix – My Cape Town
Another track that is very specifically about Cape Town, and this time, it celebrates the real, contemporary city. Filmed in the run-up to the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the video sees the band jumping around and having fun at all the regular hot spots: Camps Bay, the Two Oceans Aquarium and Table Mountain, to name a few. If you ever want to understand why the locals are so in love with the place they get to call home, this video should give you some idea.
BONUS – want proof that it's a dog's life living in Cape Town? Check out the video for Johnny Neon's Hearts, in which an adorable German shepherd goes bounding through Cape Town with a GoPro camera attached to his back! It adds a wonderful perspective to Cape Town's beaches, parks and promenades.