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Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Cape Town hip-hop just got interesting again

It has often been said in hip-hop circles in Cape Town that the wildly successful Die Antwoord owe a lot of their success to the Cape Flats rappers that they hung out with just before dropping their breakout album $O$. Isaac Mutant was featured on that album, and he is often credited with being the

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

When W magazine went to Johannesburg

Praise be to W magazine for its vanguardism! They have finally and single-handedly put the rest of the world on to how hip, cosmopolitan, and modern the city of Johannesburg truly is! At long last someone has...

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Spoek Mathambo’s World

No we’re not on a mini-Spoek Mathambo marathon today. Intrigued by Spoek’s remix of Seun Kuti and the trailer for his new album, we googled Spoek anew and stumbled upon this video of a 2011 presentation Spoek gave...

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Die Antwoord butchering old beats

What Die Antwoord always wanted was to play with the spectacular to get people's attention. As one does as an artist, I assume. In their new video, they get official help from Roger Ballen. Die Antwoord play...

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

What’s a parody of a parody of a parody?

And with this, we hope to close our current chapter on Die Antwoord. Bruce Lee and Rolanda Fisher, ‘outraged by the copying of their style and demand recognition and money,’  decided to mock Die Antwoord’s appearance on Taxi Jam* from...

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Anton Kannemeyer’s Africa

By Lily Saint* Die Antwoord skirts–and often dabbles in–homophobia and racist depictions in their videos and lyrics. Ostensibly to shake white South Africans out of their “middle class stupor.” Most of the time it does not work....

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Watch The Throne

Remember when South African artist Gazelle postured with his crew for the cover of the Chic Afrique album in 2009, dressed as a white caricature of Mobuto Sese Seko surrounded by his house composer, his bodyguard and wives?...

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Die Antwoord’s at it again

We promised ourselves we won’t get drawn into this. This is the week in which Cape Town viral rappers Die Antwoord released the music video for their new single “Fok julle Naaiers.”  The music video contains some Die...

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

The first-encounter aesthetic rush

If you’re wondering what took us so long to say something about South African rapper Spoek Mathambo’s new music video — for his cover of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control” , well, we can’t make up our...

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

‘Evil Boy’

The work of South African photographer Alexia Webster. That’s ‘Evil Boy,’ from Die Antwoord. See here and here.

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Die Antwoord is Badass

The South African group Die Antwoord has a new album coming out next week with a major American music label. You can't but admire their hustle. Yesterday they debuted a new video for which they recruited...

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Shook Magazine Goes South

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Dazed & Confused on ‘new South African culture’

The June issue of culture magazine, Dazed & Confused, will have a 32-page section on “new South African youth culture.” Word is they cover Smarteez, house music, artists, filmmakers, etcetera. I want to see what’s in it,...

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Kenyans Experience Their First Viral Video

Chief Boima first got me into the Kenyan group, Just a Band. As I blogged then: People sleep on Kenya. Now Just a Band may just go viral (a first for Kenya) with their latest music video...

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Player President

If Die Antwoord can, Jacob Zuma can too. The South African President gets into character by updating his wardrobe and has a new single with some nice beats. He also gets some help from his...

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Is Die Antwoord a form of Blackface?

First world hipster bloggers and music websites (with foreign correspondents' not far behind) are besides themselves about South African performers, Die Antwoord. Linking to them. Talking about their style. Good for them and Die Antwoord. But...