Music Video’s you didn’t know were filmed in Cape Town

I had such fun writing this blog one evening sitting far from Cape Town. It made me both proud and nostalgic to call Cape Town home. I was so impressed by how many creative souls have been inspired by Cape Town, including this city and her people into their music videos. I love how all aspects of the city have been embraced by all genres of music from international superstars to local talents.

Cape Town’s attractions, her beaches, her beauty, her colour, her dancers, her emotions, her ‘hoods,  her moods, her mountains, her people, her streets, her townships, her vibrancy and her urban heart beat have been exposed in these visual delights.  Some are obviously Cape Town, some are more subtle and some merely allude to it. These are all part of the magic that we call home.

Enjoy and please let us know of any other music video’s shot and filmed in our enthralling city. We’d love to share them with the world.

Passenger – Setting Suns
I am just going to start with Mike’s quote -it says it all!  “The whispers world tour came to an end on Sunday so I thought I’d post a little video that we made over the last few days in CAPE TOWN. I can’t quite believe how beautiful that city is . SOUTH AFRICA has undoubtedly been one of the highlights and fantastic way to end this adventure!!!! the song is called “setting suns” and it felt like a fitting sentiment”.  This video with Cape Town’s city skyline, Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts, Chappies, Penguins, Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals and of course Sunsets really capture the magnificence of this city! Michael Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English singer-songwriter and musician. His most successful single, “Let Her Go”, has topped the charts in many countries.

Sigma – Nobody to Love
Summer, beach life, road tripping – this music video shows Cape Town at her fun loving best.  Sigma are an English drum and bass DJ and record production duo. Their single “Nobody to Love” topped the UK Singles Chart upon release, becoming their first UK number one.

Jeremy Loops – Down South
Local and proud! Hailing from Kommetjie in the South Peninsula, Jeremy Loops often features Cape Town in his music videos.  Table Mountain is a backdrop, Kirstenbosch Summer Music Concerts, horses in Noordhoek, surfing in Kommetjie and jamming at Farmhouse Rocks, one of the best live gig venues in the city.  Juxtaposing booming city rhythms with lilting folk, Jeremy Loops perfectly captures the duality of his South African life.

Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman
Laura Mvula is a British soul singer-songwriter from Birmingham. Shot in South Africa, in Cape Town’s historical Bo-Kaap neighbourhood Mvula’s wonderfully vibrant video, awash with colour and energy celebrates all phenomenal women.  Inspired by Maya Angelou’s iconic poem, “Phenomenal Woman” ,  “I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.” Laura Mvula‘s song of the same title beautifully affirms that statement and we feel like saying Phenomenal Cape Town too!

Snow Patrol – The Planets Bend Between Us
This emotional song, will tug at the heartstrings of Cape Town fans. Snow Patrol walks the city streets from Cape Town Station, and the video has sweeping views of Table Mountain, our stately and iconic Cape Town City Hall, the colour of Bo-Kaap and sunsets from our beaches.  Snow Patrol are an Irish/British alternative rock band formed in 1993. Initially an indie rock band, the group rose to prominence in the early-mid 2000s as part of the post-Britpop movement.

Blue – You Make me Wanna
This song from English Boy band and R&B group Blue from their album ‘One Love’, was the third single on the album and it went to No 4 on the UK Charts  Filmed in summer in Cape Town, it will make you wanna come to Cape Town. Our beautiful ocean is featured prominently in this Cape Town filmed music video, sailing on our seas! Love the sunset silhouette of the Sentinel in Hout Bay near the end!

The Script – Man on a Wire
This one from Irish pop rock band, the Script, features Cape Town’s CBD. If you are afraid of heights this might not be one for you to watch as the video features the city streets – from above!  You’ll see familiar sights like the Absa Building and of course “The Mountain“.  This song is taken from their album “No sound without Silence”.

Solange Knowles – Losing You
The video for Losing You features a fascinating mix of cultures, fashion and distinctive township scenery as it was shot at various locations in Langa.  In the video, the singer invades people’s kitchens, barbershops and a tailoring shop, takes a 15-seater taxi like a normal Capetonian, goes bike riding around a neighbourhood, and takes a dip in a community swimming pool. Solange Piaget Knowles is an American singer, songwriter, model, and actress. She has been recognised as a fashion icon and has received frequent comparisons to sister Beyoncé from the media, although insists they have different aspirations and are musically different.

Tinie Tempah – Girls Like
This one feels like it should be called “Name the Cape Town ‘hood?” It features Tinie and his crew dancing round the streets of Cape Town,  we love the colour and the moves! Speaking about the video, Tinie said ‘I’m really inspired by South African house music at present, and this video represents that very authentically with plenty of dancing and loads of really cool moves.’ Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu, better known by his stage name Tinie Tempah, is an English rapper, singer, songwriter and record producer.

Zaki Ibrahim – Draw The Line
Growing up as what she describes as a citizen of the world, singer-songwriter Zaki Ibrahim spent her childhood living at different times in Canada, South Africa, the United Kingdom, France and Lebanon. The music video for the track ‘Draw The Line’ off her Every Opposite album was shot in her current home of Cape Town and although it faces the challenges of the Cape Flats, Zaki says its about creating your own path and shining your light through adversity, taking everything that you’ve experienced and everything you are. Featuring her home on the Cape Flats and Muizenberg Beach.

Coldplay – Paradise
Of the really big music stars in the Music Video’s Filmed in Cape Town Lineup is Coldplay. The British rock band with lead vocalist and pianist Chris Martin, rocked Cape Town with a massive concert at Cape Town Stadium in 2011. It’s hardly any surprise that their music video Paradise was filmed in Cape Town and the Karoo. That crowd in the movie –  that’s Cape Town having a whole lot of fun!

Travie McCoy – One At A Time
Travis “Travie” McCoy  is an American rapper and singer-songwriter.  This video starts with  Sea Point prom and classic Cape Town evening light. There are lots of Cape Town moments – and who recognises a throwback to the days when Mercury had checked blocks on it’s walls?

A – Nothing
Filmed more than 15 years ago – this is another throw back and you’ll instantly recognise Devil’s Peak behind “that Freeway”. The Civic Centre and Artscape (must have been the Nico Malan then!) are the stage but even the litter blowing in the SE on Long street will tweak Capetonian memories. Even Nando’s features! A are a British alternative rock band from Suffolk, England, that formed in the early 1990’s.

Harder to Tell Videos!  

Feeder – Seven Days In The Sun
Welsh band Feeder produced this oldie but goodie filmed in Cape Town. It may be one of the first music videos shot in Cape Town  – and although the song may be speaking of seven days in the sun in Majorca, Spain – Cape Town gets the film credits!

Faithless – Bombs
The British electronica band filmed part of this music video in Cape Town.  The beaches look familiar, but the conclusive part of the location shoot is the last scene.

Tom Odell – Wrong Crowd
This single release in April 2016, is a lot harder to tell it’s Cape Town, but shows the city’s nightlife. Once again – there is an easy Cape Town clue right at the very end, if you were ever in doubt. Hope he’s not trying to say our Cape Town party people are the wrong crowd?

Lily Allen – Air Balloon
In 2014 English Singer, Songwriter Lilly Allen released the video for Air Balloon, taking advantage of the South Africa’s scenery, sunshine and temperate climate.

Janet Jackson – Got Til It’s Gone
The youngest child of the Jackson family filmed this video in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. South African culture and character make the video for “Got Til It’s Gone” unique although it’s a little harder to prove Cape Town’s music video credentials from the visuals.

Leona Lewis – Run
Capetonians will innately know the mountains and the forests of Cape Town in this haunting music video from British singer Leona Lewis.  This is another of those keep-watching-to-the-end if you need evidence! There’s a gorgeous night scene overlooking False Bay from Silvermine.

Local Musicians and Some Fun from our Friends!

De Hofnar X GoodLuck – Back In The Day
This video is “Oh so Cape Town” – where the sound of the ocean, rhythms the emotions. From surfers to the stadium. Enjoy!

Beatenberg – Southern Suburbs
With a title like Southern Suburbs, Capetonians will recognise the southern suburb streets of local South African band Beatenberg.

Freshly Ground – Don’t leave me
Those faces! These are the people that bring life to this city captured by local musicians  Freshly Ground. This is the heart and soul of Cape Town & South Africa.

Abdullah Ibrahim – Mannenberg
Beautiful, haunting, emotive and true.  Abdullah Ibrahim takes us to visit Robben Island

Pharrel Whilliams – Happy in Cape Town
If you’re not happy or proud to be Capetonian after this video, you need to relocate!

Jimmy Nevis & Sketchy Bongo – All About It
This local Capetonian alternative pop sensation uses Cape Town to capture his quirky lyrics.

Caitlin de Ville – Black Jack
Wow! Cape Town and the Electric Violin like you’ve never seen it before!

Caitlin de Ville – Crowe
Yes we know Caitlin is included twice but this video is emotionally close to home for us south peninsula Capetonians after the Wild Fires in March 2015 and worth watching!

Barry Herbert – Touchies
This one was so much fun, shot right here below our office at Noordhoek Farm Village by friends and featuring De Noordhoek Hotel and Cafe Roux. You may even recognize some Cape Point Routers! It may not be a world No 1 single yet, but look how gorgeous our hood is! #Localislekker

Vicky Sampson – My African Dream
This may not be an official video but this Mandela tribute uses beautiful images of Cape Town to Vicky Sampson’s powerful hit “My Africa Dream”

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