Die Antwoord brought zef to the United States, a South African counterculture that simultaneously embraces and rejects luxury. If that doesn’t make any sense to you, then perhaps seeing a live performance by Die Antwoord — comprised of emcees Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek — will solidify the counterculture’s meaning. Trance-y, rave-like music is the backdrop for Ninja and Yo-Lani’s rapid-fire flow, with Yo-Lani’s voice often rising into falsetto raps and yelps. The duo raps in Afrikaans, English, and Xhosa, so don’t expect to understand everything they’re saying. Just expect to have a roaring good time with these stylish, punk-esque enthusiasts.
Tue., Sept. 9, 8 p.m., 2014
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 3, 2014