Die Antwoord; Force Of Nature

If you saw the ‘Enter the Ninja’ video all up in the interweb, then you knew what you were in for when Die (Fokken) Antwoord performed in Vancouver last night. Which is more than can be said for a lot of higher selling american rappers. Because along with the crazy fokked up South African hip hop culture and in your fokkin; face sexuality, these guys actually sound as good live as they do on their album. But more of that later, for now – The crazy fokked up South African hip hop culture and in your fokkin face sexuality.

Die Antwoord don’t fill a niche, they deeply penetrate it, violently. The two big screens at The Commodore Ballroom were splattered with the work of south african artist Leon Botha. But it was the initially disturbing image of Botha himself (who suffers from a genetic disorder called progeria) used in the slow building, powerful intro that really demonstrated the group’s pull – shock value (that and swearing in afrikaans). Although the characters may not be real (Die Antwoord is more cartoonish than Gorillaz), it’s very easy to forget that when watching them live.

Ninja took over the room in a way that only a man with a distorted view of his own greatness could, commanding the crowd with the mike in his right hand, and sporting a large claw where his left hand should be. Which – to his credit – he made no reference to the entire night (although I like to think it was a ‘District 9’ shout out). Starting off fully clothed it didn’t take him long to get down to his trade mark boxer shorts and spend the rest of the show thrusting his penis pelvis at the front row. Although he did dress up again for the encore – as pikachu.

Yo-Landi is ninja’s side kick of indiscriminate age, the ‘Harlequin’ to Ninja’s ‘Joker’ in so many ways. She too started the show over-dressed in a large hoodie, making her look like a ten year old boy running around the stage with his dad. But she did eventually get down to a tank top, cut off just under the boobs to remind us that it is in fact, a fully grown woman running around the stage singing lyrics like “Jou Ma Se Poes in ‘n fishpaste jar” which translated means ‘Your mother’s vagina … in a fish paste jar’ (incidentally, if you would like to know what that looks like a quick google image search will show you).

DJ Hi-Tek pumped out the beats in his halloween mask and the group’s warped energy dominated the stage all night. The characters maybe obscure and perverted, but the performers were non stop professionals with Ninja shooting out the quick fast rhymes that show why he’s known as the South African Eminem, without loosing his breath like so many performers do. And credit to Yo-Landi for belting out her vocals and hitting her notes during her on stage cardio work out. Even if her voice – which comes through as sweet and youthful through my computer speakers – sounds more high-pitched and shrill when turned up to 11 and pumped out of the ballroom speakers.

Make no mistake, Die Antwoord are a legitimate force of nature and delivered on the night by putting on a real fokken show. And if anorexic looking, claw handed men in boxers isn’t your taste, you could always keep your eyes on the soft core porn that was looping on the big screens throughout the show.

  1. A MORE APPROPRIATE NAME FOR THESE RETARDS WOULD BE ‘THE PRODUCT’.
    THEY ARE HOMIES TO THE MUCH LAUDED CHARLISE THERON. NOG A BENONI ,BOKSBURG ,BRAKPAN POPPIE WHO IS AKIN TO FAMILY MURDERS AND WHERE INBREEDING IS RIFE.

    MUCH MONEY TO BE SAVED FOR ANY ‘LORD OF THE RINGS’ TYPE PRODUCTION. THESE GUYS ARE THE REAL GOLAM STEREOTYPES. TOLKEIN DID NOT NEED MUCH OF AN IMAGINATION WHEN HE WROTE HIS BOOKS AS HE WAS LIVING IN THE LAND WHERE THESE FREAKS ARE A DIME A DOZEN.

    GOOD ON YOU VUIL BOERTJIE FOR MAKING MONEY OUT OF YOUR DISPOSITION. MUCH LIKE THE ELEPHANT MAN, YOU WILL BE A GREAT ATTRACTION TO THE BOTTOM DWELLERS.

    IN YOU MOER VUILBEK.

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