YoLandi Visser(L) and Ninja (R) of "Die Antwoord"  Picture: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT
YoLandi Visser(L) and Ninja (R) of "Die Antwoord" Picture: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE BOTT

Die Antwoord to split next year

By Siyabonga Sesant Time of article published Sep 11, 2016

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They unceremoniously rejected Lady Gaga’s request to be her opening act during the South African leg of her world tour in 2012, a move which resulted in an explosive Twitter exchange between the pop star and Die Antwoord.

But on Saturday social media was in a frenzy after the rap-rave group’s announcement of their pending split.

The band, formed in Cape Town in 2008 by rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek, and who rarely do interviews, confirmed to Exclaim! magazine they will split in September next year after the release of their fifth album.

In an interview, group leader Ninja said: “Die Antwoord dies on that day. It’s all over. I feel beautiful about it. I’m not scared of the end. I’m a Ninja. I’m not scared of death.”

Die Antwoord released their fourth album, Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid, on Friday and will embark on a world tour that will include stops in New York, Las Vegas and France. According to Exclaim!, the shows are all sold out.

In her 2012 Twitter rant, Gaga called Die Antwoord out: “You don’t have a hit. I’ve sold 100 000 tickets in SA,” she bragged. Die Antwoord answered: “Lady, even though you’re larger’ than us, we (are) still cooler than you.”

The Sunday Independent

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