display | more...

For your listening pleasure.

Die Antwoord is a South African hip-hop "trio" characterized by depraved sexuality and violence, bizarrely dressed backup dancers, an imaginary DJ played by a rotating cast, Yolandi freaking us the fuck out with her jet black contacts, and just general edginess. The group is closely aligned with “zef” culture, which is basically the equivalent of thugs in South Africa, if thugs were ricers, and originally white. Zef started as a term for white working class owners of Ford Zephyrs. Yeah, I’m serious. Basically, they spent all their money on souping up these Zephyrs and buying chains and grills. It got to the point where an entire subculture was contained within the phrase “Zephyr owner,” at which point the term was shortened to zef.

Both Yolandi and Ninja (the guy that looks sort of like a Klingon with a flat top) have stated that zef’s meaning has been expanded to include all South Africans that “…literally don't care what anyone else thinks...

Die Antwoord sells themselves as a rather progressive force, encouraging a transition away from racism (among other things) with their shocking imagery.

"People are unconscious and you have to use your art as a shock machine to wake them up.” -Ninja

Well, I’m not actually completely sure what they’re trying to wake people up to. I would have to guess some sort of future society where everyone is totally chill with one another but also likes gory and sexualized music videos. And you know what? I’m totally on board with that.


Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.