Like I told about in December, V invited me to Cape Town with him and his parents for Christmas, which suited me perfectly as Cape Town was one of the top 5 cities I’ve wanted to visit long before I even met him. In fact I nearly went there – as opposed to to Buenos Aires – for my exchange studies back in 2007 as I also got in to the Cape Town University when applying for Uni’s far away from Europe. Wonder how my life would be different if I had gone there…
Anyway, this first time I only got 2 weeks in Cape Town due to work back home, but those two weeks were amazing and full of impressions! Just after a few days we concluded that Cape Town is one of these cities that has it all: Breath taking nature, extremely nice and hospitable people, delicious food, an interesting (yet cruel) history, a multicultural demography and genius nature attributes for all kinds of sports and a thriving music scene.
I don’t know if you know this, but South Africans have a very well developed taste for electronic music! We might have been ignorant not knowing – and I think I’m right assuming most Europeans don’t as Eurocentric as we’ve become – that South African musicians have for long indulged in various electronic beats and developed their own specific sounds. Kwaito is one of them, and from there it seems a certain house music style has emerged.
In the country’s fashion however the electronic scene has been very divided according to race, having blacks and whites predominantly producing and listening to separate styles, and this was one of the things we found a bit curious when in Cape Town. Wherever we went to party we found that the crowd was either white or black. And the music seemed to change according to it. Though the explanations to this situation are many – and any situation obviously always is evolving and changing – observing the very segregated party scene made us think a lot about music’s possibilities to rather get people together across cultures and backgrounds.
Unfortunately Cape Town also has (like many other cities in the world) vast disturbing contrasts, yet there seemingly is a lot going on from the government’s and civil society’s side with regard to adjusting that. It also happens to be a country that emphasises Responsible Tourism (RT) a lot, which is an approach within the field of tourism that interest me a lot. In my view there is no other option, and especially in poor countries that tries hard to use tourism as a development tool it is essential with RT.
I really felt I hadn’t seen/ done it all when we left, and we’ve already talked about wanting to go back for a longer stay.
Until later, enjoy these pics from Cape Town