Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord is one of the biggest rap-rave groups in South Africa. The group which name means The Answer in Afrikaans, came together in 2008, in cape Town.

The group includes some creepy style in its art and fuses in a different kind of hip-hop termed Zef (meaning uncool, disgusting, or not normal in English).

 A year after it was formed, the group got to a global stage with the release of their song, Enter the Ninja.

The Group

Sometimes erroneously referred to as Die antwood or Die antword, the group was formed when Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, came together in 2008 as a group to start something different from the normal in the country.

Ninja, who has been a part of the music in South Africa since 1998, became the lead vocalist of the group. He has been in other groups such as Fucknrad, Max Normal, and The Constructus Corporation . As an individual, he has collected two albums.

Yo-Landi Vi$$er is another of the group’s vocalist. She is as well an actress, starring in the 2015 film Chappie, which is most times described as Die Antwoord movie because it as well featured Ninja.

DJ Hi- Tek who writes sometimes for the group, is one part of the group that has remained a mystery.

Although Yolandi Visser and Ninja are not married, they have a daughter, who is mostly referred to as the child of the group, Die Antwoord girl or Die Antwoord daughter.

Music

Since the group began its musical journey in 2008, it kept producing hits that are sometimes controversial in lyrics and style. Although creepy, their music is accepted beyond the country and they have been able to tour different parts of the world.

The first album of the group is $o$. It was released in 2009 and was made available for free download on the group’s site. $o$ had songs like Enter the Ninja, which was a success. It was widely accepted and it appeared on UK music chart in September 2010. The group was signed by Interscope Records which produced the physical copy of the album.

Ten$ion is the group’s second album, released in 2012. Die Antwoord’s Tension was not released by Interscope Records as they left the record as a result of it wanting them  to become ‘more generic’. Although the album was received well and had songs that appeared on various international charts, it had a critical review.  Monica Herrera of rolling stone described the album as “a marathon of overwrought beats and clunky horn-dog-rebel boasts”. It has as well be criticized in other quarters.

Donker Mag is the third studio album of the group. The album which name means Dark power had songs like Pitbull Terrier and Donker Mag. The sixteen song album topped US dance/electronic album billboard. It was as well 4th and 5th on the US independent album and top rap album billboards respectively. It also appeared on UK R and B albums, as well as in other countries. It was released in 2014.

In an interview, Die Antwoord said that while working on the Donker Mag album, Ninja and Yolandi had to break up to avoid the splitting of the group.

Mount Ninja and da Nice Time Kid is the fourth album of the group. Released on 16th September 2016, the album has been seen as their best so far, as it recorded a personal record for the group, above Donker Mag which sold 7,000 copies.

Among the most popular of Die Antwoord songs are Pitbull Terrier, Cookie Thumper, and I fink u Freeky.

Controversies

Because of its freaky style, the group has come under various attacks. Most Die Antwoord lyrics which are in English and Afrikaans have been criticized for being explicit.

In 2012 the group was criticized for a song Fatty Boom Boom, in which video Yo-Landi had her body painted black. While some picked it from the painting of body, Lady Gaga who was ‘impersonated’ by a male and made ‘fun’ of in the video, attacked the group through her twitter page.

The group has delved into a massive controversy in 2016 with a video it released; Banana Brain, which dramatized the killing of Reeva Steenkamp by Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius psychologist and fans took it personally and criticized the group for it.

The group is still very popular in South Africa and beyond that people regularly buy the die Antwoord shirt online. They are part of the Die Antwoord merch that can be found online.

Die Antwoord Concerts

Although Die Antwoord live performances in tours have been as creepy as the group itself, fans always turn out massively. The group has toured different parts of the world including USA, Canada, Austria, and Switzerland.

Die Antwoord normal concerts are climaxed by creepy and weird performance and acts, as well as over-excited crowd.