ACL SUNDAY REVIEW: Die Antwoord

Life & Arts Editor

South Africa’s Die Antwoord prides themselves on being incredibly zef–an Afrikaans word describing a counter-culture movement in which the lower classes fake wealthy lifestyles.

Comprised of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, Die Antwoord is a sight to see.  They took the Honda stage Sunday afternoon in neon orange sweatsuits, booming bass and incredible amounts of vulgarity.

Unlike most ACL acts who had live video streaming on the large display screens on either side of the stage, Die Antwoord brought their own footage containing moths, aliens, cartoon phallic symbols, sketches of themselves and clips of live bugs crawling out of their mouths.  

Die Antwoord is not a show, but an experience.  One does not go to listen to music, but rather to be a part of the insane environment. 

Yo-landi, whose voice sounds like a high-pitched chipmunk, changed outfits four times during the show, each more ridiculous than the last.  Ninja, who looks like an older, lankier Eminem, had a song about rubbing his genitals on things he can’t afford.

Although the songs were half English and half Afrikaans, the crowd did not care.  The atmosphere was enough to sustain them and everyone just danced.