Tour Die Antwoord
Die Antwoord is by far one of the most intriguing groups to hit the international hip-hop scene
since forming in 2008. Every year since its formation, Die Antwoord has garnered more and more street credit as one of the
most popular hip-hop rave acts on the road. It's true that Die Antwoord has engaging viral music videos on YouTube that will
keep you entertained on the couch for hours and albums to play in the car or on your headphones while waiting for public transportation;
however, what Die Antwoord fans already know is that the live show is well-worth the asking price of a ticket on StubHub.
This hip-hop duo is never one to disappoint and the enthusiasm that Die Antwoord brings to the stage is un-paralleled and
infectious. It is the right time to catch Die Antwoord on stage and in person as they travel across North America and Europe
this summer and fall. They have recently announced an expansion of the tour to meet the bands high demand for public appearances.
The majority of the summer will be spent hitting up the large European festival scenes in the following cities and more: Moscow,
Russia; Stockholm, Sweden; Reading, United Kingdom; and Hockenheim, Germany. After travelling across Europe, Die Antwoord
has shows lined up in the following North American cities: Toronto, Canada; New York, New York; Washington, District of Columbia;
Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, Denver, Colorado; Vancouver, British Columbia; Oakland, California;
and Hollywood, California. Keep an eye out on StubHub for additional shows to be announced and for tickets for a gig near
About Die Antwoord: Zef Culture
It has been six years since Die Antwoord has been making popular
hip-hop rave music together. The duo is comprised of two rappers: Ninja and Yolandi Visser. The hip-hop wordsmiths are joined
by DJ Hi-Tek to make the Die Antwoord's interesting sound. Both Ninja and Yolandi are from Cape Town, South Africa, where
they found inspiration in zef culture and incorporated aspects of it to their music. Zef culture is considered by some a style
that is associated with indulging in the display of gold and jewels and fixed up cars. According to Yolandi Visser, "It is
associated with people who soup their cars up and rock gold and shit. Zef is, you're poor but you're fancy. You're poor but
you're sexy, you've got style." Zef is thought to have derived from the shortening of Ford Motor's Zephyr, which was culturally
associated with the "working class." While some considered the term to be rather derogatory, Die Antwoord have self-identified
its style as Zef. As South Africans, the vocalists also identify with audiences by singing in English, Xhosa and Afrikaans.
American critics have been vocalized their bafflement by Die Antwoord, often speculating if the duo is performing a character.
During a Spin Magazine interview, Die Antwoord explained, "People are unconscious, and you have to use your art as a shock
machine to wake them up. Some people are too far gone. They'll just keep asking, 'Is it real? Is it real?' That's dwanky.
That's a word we have in South Africa, 'dwanky.' It's like lame. 'Is it real?' You have to be futuristic and carry on. You
gotta be a good guide to help people get away from dull experience." Die Antwoord not only considers itself to be the answer,
"die antwoord" means "the answer" in Afrikaans.
Prior the rapper's role in Die Antwoord, Ninja was a member in several
additional hip-hop groups in Cape Town. These groups include the following: The Constructus Corporation, MaxNormal.tv and
The Original Evergreen. Yolandi Visser also collaborated on MaxNormal.tv and Constructus Corporation. DJ Hi-tek is recognized
for his work with Talbi Kweli, and the Black star album on which they collaborated. DJ Hi-Tek has also worked with artists
like Mos Def, Common and Buckshot on the artist's solo album Hi-Teknology. As collaborators on Die Antwoord, the duo produced
their first album $O$, which was offered for free on their website. Its release was accompanied by multiple music videos that
incorporated aspects of South African art and included representations and references to zef culture. Die Antwoord took the
stage at the 2010 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which continued to place them in the global audience's eye. The group
played in front of 40,000 people during that festival. The next year, Die Antwoord created a record label of its own called
Zef Recordz. The hip-hop rave artists released Ten$ion on Zef Recordz. The group continues to write and record new music,
while touring all over the world.
Die Antwoord Breakthrough: Enter the Ninja
The group quite instantly
met with success after releasing $O$. After making and uploading the video for Enter the Ninja, the group found a significant
amount of attention online. Within the first 9 months the music video received millions of views. The popularity of the video
forced Die Antwoord to move its website to a server in the United States to handle the influx of Internet activity. The group
worked with Diplo to produce the next video for Evil Boy that had more than 12 million views since having been uploaded. The
popularity of the group's online videos caught the attention of Interscope Records who re-released $O$. The group garnered
most of its attention online, which helped it to breakthrough to the international stage.
Die Antwoord Live
doesn't even take the full 5 minutes and 12 seconds of Enter the Ninja to make you want to buy a ticket to see Die Antwoord
live. The videos and music created are such an unbelievable experience that one must experience the group's performance live.
The music and videos are full of high energy and perfect to grab the attention of large audiences at festivals and venues
across the globe. Everyone wants to see the Ninja and its butterfly, after watching Enter the Ninja. Get your tickets on StubHub
to experience the full zef effect.
Trivia:Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen
A number of Die Antwoord's videos
are collaborations with the renowned photographer Roger Ballen, who is known for his black and white photography. According
to Ballen, "Black and White is a very minimalist art form and unlike color photographs does not pretend to mimic the world
in a manner similar to the way the human eye might perceive. Black and White is essentially an abstract way to interpret and
transform what one might refer to as reality." Having read comments by Die Antwoord and this statement by Ballen, it is evident
why the two would make an interesting collaborative pairing and find success in their creative product.