Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom

“Jesus, ou. Chill net ‘n bietjie fokken uit!” Two weeks after the Mail & Guardian’s academically constipated query in a recent editorial, “Are Die Antwoord blackface”, the zep-rave crew release a fresh, next-level video upon the interwebs. In blackface. And whiteface.

Whatever they stand for is not too simple to explain, but what they do is provocative and thought-provoking. We suppose that makes them “artists”, that most over-used term in modern culture.

There’s so much satire at work here, it’s almost impossible to isolate where Die Antwoord are saying one thing, and where they’re saying exactly the opposite. Over-analysis will kill the energy of a thing. So we’re going to just say, “Lekker tune. Kief video”.


Writer for television, print and digital, corporate and editorial. Editor and writer of books. Musical performance, spoken word as Inspector Ras. Guitar/vocals for The Near Misses Pop Band. The last whitey at umsebenzi. Latest book Stuff (South African) White People Like, with Christian Lander, out now. @hagenengler

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