Die Fokken Antwoord

11 Sep


Everybody seems to think that Die Antwoord popped-up out of nowhere, but Ninja and Yo-landi have been familiar faces on the Mother City streets and has been a  moerse big drawing card at South African music festivals for yonks.Here’s some trivia you didn’t know you couldn’t live without!!

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1. ”Ninja” has been renamed more often than the average street in Durban.2. Over the course of his career so far, “Ninja” has gone by many other names including The Man Who Never Came Back, MC Totally Rad, Yang Weapon, Max Normal, Constructus Corporation, Maxnormal.TV, Watkin Tudor Jones, Jones Junior … He is most commonly known in Cape Town as “Waddy”, but frequently will not answer to this name.3. ”Waddy” has always been big on collaborations. Long before he hooked up with Yo-landi, he exploded into the Rainbow Nation’s consciousness in 1994 fronting wigga crew The Original Evergreens. Signed to major label, Sony Music, their albums Puff the Magic (1995) and Burn the Evidence (1997) were hailed by critics as a mercurial “funkadelic jazzy hip-hop” spin on Cypress Hill’s spliff-rap.4. Always the creative chameleon, Waddy’s next conceptual makeover saw him fronting live hip-hop band Max Normal. Their relaxed sounding, but biting grooves took cool Joburg clubs like 206 by storm. The original Max Normal line-up featured the talents of Waddy plus his DJ partner Simon ‘Sibot’ Ringrose, drummer Sean O Tim, drummer Adrian Levi, and guitarist Mark Buchanan.5. Max Normal had only just begun to make underground waves worldwide with their album, Songs from a Mall (2001) when Waddy disbanded the crew and moved to Cape Town.6. They played their last gig as the support act for Faithless on the international group’s 2002 SA tour.Die Antwoord7. On a mission to keep it real, Waddy invented another fantasy world for himself: The Constructus Corporation. Aka Constructus, this super-underground crew brought Waddy as Watkin Tudor Jones together with the beat Sibot and Markus Worsmtorm. Sibot and Markus are all also former African Dope fiends, and underground alternative icons in their own right, partnering up in The Real Estate Agents and sculpting beats for Playdoe and Sweat X respectively.8. Constructus was a masterpiece of design and marketing, and The Ziggurat (2002), another mall-themed album, featured Waddy playing various characters, a book illustrated by Nikil Singh, and a bonus blank CD with instructions on where to download extra songs and audio, free of charge.9.  Die Antwoord performed live for the first time ever at Ramfest 3 in February 2009.10. They became the stuff of legend after jumping onstage to improvise “Sail Away Mutherfucka” when the Wedding DJs played the famous Enya track at Oppikoppi 2009.11. Like any brand savvy crew, Die Antwoord isn’t just about music. They also make movies and merchandise. Their creations include a boutique range of limited edition, hand made soft-toys with a delightfully ear-catching billing: CHOMMIE TOYS.12. These toys are strange and wonderful creatures that include a Giraffe who is so chilled he can end arguments just by walking past, a Bokkie who likes raving to the techno heart-beat of the Earth and a cute little Rabbit that practices shiatsu. The tip: cosmic, not creepy, to “help kids – of all ages – find freedom of expression.” Watch out for an edgy range of GOMMIE toys coming soon.13. Waddy doesn’t drink alcohol.14. Die Antwoord (is it too PC to call them DA for short?) billing themselves as “a mysterious force from the dark, dangerous depths of Africa”. Having convinced celebrated photographer Roger Ballen to shoot their debut album cover, they continue to take a weird, scary approach to publicity.die-antwoord 15. Styled as Cape Flats dwellers in the new South Africa, and performing from Mitchell’s Plein to Central Cape Town and blowing festivals away, Die Antwoord quickly became huge on the trendy scene with songs like “Wat Pomp”.16. Always very hip to the use of multimedia, myth and legend, Die Antwoord has recently exploded on the international scene with the “Zef Side” video.17. Many instant fans overseas people believed the video depicted their real lives. Actually, Yo-landi and Ninja are married and have a daughter, Sixteen, who is about to go to school.Bonus fact! Die Antwoord boasts that they’re “taking over the interweb”, and based on the minute by minute updates on Twitter,  it seems this, at least, is true.


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