Die Antwoord and Zef Culture


Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord is een satirische[1] rap/rave/technogroep uit Kaapstad, Zuid-Afrika bestaande uit Ninja, ¥o-Landi Vi$$er en DJ Hi-Tek. De formatie ziet zichzelf als een mengeling van verschillende culturen…


…De solist van de groep, Ninja (pseudoniem van Watkin Tudor Jones), behoort al vele jaren tot de Zuid-Afrikaanse hiphopscene. Zo was hij te zien bij acts als The Original Evergreens, Max Normal.tv en The Constructus Corporation. Ninja is bekend door de verschillende typetjes die hij speelt. In het geval van Die Antwoord is zijn typetje Ninja, een zeer agressief karakter, wat verschilt met zijn vorige incarnaties…

Bron: wikipedia.nl

Die Antwoord (pronounced [di ˈantvʊərt], Afrikaans for “The Answer”) is a South African rap[1] group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group was formed by rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser (stylized as ¥O-LANDI VI$$ER), and producer God (formerly referred to as DJ Hi-Tek). Die Antwoord’s image is based on a counterculture movement known as Zef in South Africa, and incorporated elements of the work of photographer Roger Ballen

Bron: wikipedia.org

Die Antwoord – Zef Side (2009)


…The word zef is an Afrikaans slang word which roughly translates as “common”[citation needed], with connotations of “uncool”, “disgusting”, “gross” and/or “trashy” in Afrikaans.[citation needed] It differs from the Australian term bogan and the British term chav in that it is mostly a positive term for oneself, rather than a derogatory term for someone else.[citation needed] It is also not typical of the poorest classes of the society, but rather a mostly white, lower-middle class subculture.[citation needed] Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord is quoted as saying, “It’s associated with people who “soop” 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.”…

Bron: wikipedia.org

During the 60’s and 70’s the Ford Zephyr was a favourite car by a particular group of South Africans, they also often wore a comb in their socks, and were considered as ‘common’ or kitch or low class by others, the term ZEF was coined to descibe them.

Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom  (2012)

Roger Ballen

…Roger Ballen – Die Antwoord: I Fink U Freeky (Munich: Prestel, 2013) was a book collaboration with Die Antwoord incorporating a conversation with the group’s leaders, Yolandi and Ninja, as well as an essay by South African journalist and critic Ivor Powell. In it Powell writes that the works are “more than just a visual record of oddities, eccentricities and characteristic features. The photograph embodies a series of significant choices on the part of the photographer … What Ballen finds a way of articulating and moving inside is the secret life of the soiled self-projected into photographic imagery”…

Bron: wikipedia.org

Die Antwoord – Banana Brain (2016)




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