Move over Flight of the Conchords, there’s a new comedy musical troupe in town. Where Brett and Jemaine used their New Zealand accents as a basis for misheard interpretation gags, South African trio Die Antwoord go the whole indecipherable hog and make impenetrable African hip-hop filled with colloquial slang that manages to be funny and confusing at the same time. If Ali G was from Cape Town, he’d be in their gang.
Die Antwoord are made up of “zef rap-rave monster” Ninja (zef meaning common or white trash), shrill-voiced “fresh futuristik rich bitch” Yo-landa Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek. They first came to attention a few weeks ago when their odd music videos popped up on various pop culture websites. When we say odd we mean like Enter The Ninja which mixes the boom-bap of hip-hop with euphoric Euro synths with a screeching chorus from Yo-Landa or the ’90s rave-rap of ‘Beat Boy’.
Despite their comedy stylings and dubious origins, just like Ali G they actually managed to fool plenty of people into thinking they were the real-deal white-trash rap pack of Cape Town. Their impressive website will no doubt be where the trio attempt to capitalise on their viral meme status when they release a free downloadable album soon.
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