Die Antwoord at Austin City Limits: The day Texas turned day-glow
11.29.2012
10:44 am

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Austin City Limits


 
It took awhile, but finally some good footage of Die Antwoord’s hi-energy set at this year’s Austin City Limits popped up on the ‘net. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that Ninja and Yolandi bring some fun to the party. Along with Neil Young, Barrington Levy and Iggy Pop, this was the highlight of ACL 2012 for me.
 

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Die Antwoord’s gorgeous and hilarious video for ‘Fatty Boom Boom’
10.16.2012
01:11 pm

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Fatty Boom Boom

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They’ve done it again…
 
Die Antwoord rapper Ninja teams up again with directors Terence Neale and Saki Fokken Berg to drop another mad Die Antwoord video on us for “Fatty Boom Boom” from their Ten$ion album released earlier this year.

The group’s camp describes it as:

a bright and colourful African adventure, complete with wild animals, zef savages singing and dancing in the streets, and a special guest appearance by a sneaky little prawn star.

 

 
Previously on Dangerous Minds:
Pre-Zef Die Antwoord in a strange little film called Picnic
Die Antwoord: Another transmission from the edge of madness
Brand new from Die Antwoord: I Fink U Freeky

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Pre-Zef Die Antwoord in a strange little film called ‘Picnic’


Anri, Waddy and their baby Sixteen.
 
Before being drawn to the Zef-side and morphing into Die Antwoord, Ninja and Yolandi were a couple of writers and actors known by their birth names Watkin Tudor Jones and Anri Du Toit. While not as conceptually outrageous as the ultra-freaky and fabulous Die Antwoord, they still managed to create some surreally weird videos and performance pieces for their multi-media project known as Max Normal.

Here’s a faux documentary from 2004, Picnic, directed by “Waddy” Jones and starring Ms. Toit. On the surface, the intent of the film seems to want to present a warmhearted slice-of-life story showing viewers how important family reunions are, psychologically and emotionally. But in Picnic we don’t ever see the family actually bonding, we just hear the steady, chattering, drone of a young girl who is clearly living inside her own head, where memories have perhaps become ghosts. As the music on the soundtrack gets weirder and weirder, the disconnect between the subject and tone of the film takes on a mildly unsettling vibe that feels like a prelude to some bad shit.

Anri Du Toit briefly slips in some Yolandi-like moves at the end when she does a weird little dance.

I’m not sure Picnic works as satire (of reality TV), social commentary, a ghost story or much of anything. I’m not sure what it intends to be. It reminds me a bit of Harmony Korine’s Gummo , which may explain Die Antwoord’s collaboration with Korine in recent years. Whatever it is, there’s little indication in Picnic of the radical imagery and energy to come when Waddy and Anri eventually find The Answer in Zefness. 

Update: DM reader S. Bonelli writes that Picnic is a: “satire of white privileged church going south african society and their normalization of what is correct is actually max freaky - all they needed was to record reality and boom- zef is in it all the way…” This makes a lot of sense to me.
 

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Roger Ballen: The photographer who influenced Die Antwoord’s vision
07.30.2012
08:15 pm

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Roger Ballen


 
Roger Ballen’s haunting black and white photographs of people and places in South Africa possess some of the same dark poetry as those of Diane Arbus’s New York City photos and Shelby Lee Adams’ Appalachian portraits. They’re beautiful and disturbing - rich with stories real and imagined. The empathetic eye of the photographer keeps the shocking nature of many of the photos from being exploitation. Within the squalor and twisted flesh, souls are revealed like a punch in the face.  

Ballen’s photographs have inspired and influenced the imagery that appears in the videos of Die Antwoord. The look of the video for “I Fink U Freeky” is particularly informed by Ballen’s art and in this short film the photographer addresses the connection between his work and that of Die Antwoord’s.
 

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Die Antwoord: Another transmission from the edge of madness
06.06.2012
01:58 pm

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Baby's On Fire


 
From the better-late-than-never file:

Just as I was about to write ‘em off, Die Antwoord release this slab of fresh hell, “Baby’s On Fire.”

Directed by Ninja and Terence Neale, this video has over 600,000 views on YouTube (in less than two days), which reasserts the notion that Die Antwoord lives or dies by their videos. I’m personally waiting for them to finally do a feature-length film. Though, one wonders if they can sustain the madness over 90 minutes and whether or not viewers could endure it.
 

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Die Antwoord on Letterman


 
I think they’re freaky and I like them a lot.

New album, Ten$lon, hits the streets today.
 

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Brand new from Die Antwoord: ‘I Fink U Freeky’
01.31.2012
01:08 pm

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I Fink U Freeky


 
Yes, I still dig them.

“Sexy boys, fancy boys, playboys, bad boys

I think you’re freaky and I like you a lot.”

Directed by Roger Ballen & NINJA. From Die Antwoord’s self-released album TEN$ION which drops on February 7.
 

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Leon Botha of Die Antwoord dead at 26
06.06.2011
11:51 am

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Leon Botha


 
Our friend Xeni Jardin writes on Boing Boing of the passing of Leon Botha, South African artist and DJ best known for being the “hype man” for Die Antwoord. Leon died on Sunday from complications related to progeria. He was 26. As Xeni mentions, he was likely the longest-living person with the condition, but that’s not how he wishes to be remembered:

We ended up becoming internet pen-pals of a sort. Through this, and through some of his friends (who all expressed great affection and protectiveness toward Leon) I learned more about his visual and performance art work. In that work, in his written word, and in some of the incredible monologues you can find from on YouTube, his presence radiates. All who knew him, and all who were touched by his spirit through those videos, will know what I mean when I say that he emanated deep sincerity, gentleness, a serenity and quiet wisdom. Leon was aware of his own mortality in ways most people are not. He transformed that awareness into a sort of mindfulness of how vast and awesome life is.

One day over email, Leon shared with me that the passing mentions of him that existed on Wikipedia were upsetting to him. He was mentioned only on the page for Die Antwoord, and under the page for his disease, progeria.

“I was a bit paranoid that my art wouldn’t be in there, in case something happened to me,” he said.

Leon was very mindful of the value of the internet as a reflection of human life, and an archive of the living after they die. He wanted to be understood as a complex, self-determined, thoughtful creator and connector and thinker. Not as a disease, and not as a footnote in someone else’s better-known story. He wanted to be known for who he really was while he was alive. He wanted us to respect him, and his work, after he was gone.

Recently, our email exchanges seemed to include more and more news of challenging physical hardships from Leon. He never complained, but when I asked after longer silences, he shared. I can’t imagine the physical suffering he endured.

“I always thought when I was little, like, all of this is okay,” he wrote in one email. “Just please don’t let it reach the levels where it is now.”

Read more of In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being (Boing Boing)
 

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New film and video releases for Die Antwoord
03.09.2011
12:45 pm

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Korine and Die Antwoord
 
Here’s the brand new video for Die Antwoord’s “Rich Bitch” with a lot of Yo-Landi.

In additional Die Antwoord news, Harmony Korine will be screening his new short film Wat Kyk Jy (“watcha lookin’ at?”) starring Ninja and Yo Landi at SXSW on March 15. The press release for the film reads:

“Big dreams, big blunts, big rims, and big guns. It’s time to get gangsta gangsta. Ninja and Yo-Landi are wheelchair-bound lovers and real gangstas. They live in the outskirts of civilization, they shoot guns for fun, smoke massive joints, and sleep in the woods. They don’t have any bling to show for their gangsta cred, but the world deserves to know who they are. They’re tramps, and their wheels are starting to fall off. Ninja become despondent over their vagabond existence, but Yo Landi won’t let him give up. What ensues is straight up gangsta mayhem, the realist of the real, true gangsta shit.”

I’ll be there, so stay tuned.
 

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Hot new in your face video from Die Antwoord: ‘Evil Boy’ - Penis frenzy!
10.06.2010
09:20 pm

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Evil Boy

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The most exciting fuckers on the planet right now. Upping the ante. Zeftastic!
 

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