When one sees an article on Die Antwoord there is already a pre-conceived idea of swearing and ‘zef,’ however, this interview brings the complete opposite and it’s extremely disconcerting and created some confusion for myself.

For me, the idea of Die Antwoord has lost its shock value and, therefore, seems to have lost all that they thrive on. This article does little to aid in bringing back there ‘zefness.’

 

The article contains a note of familiarity and with the mention of the children of Yolandi and Ninja and the interviewer, Diane’s daughter being best friends there is already a tone to the article that is not the norm for this duo and it makes the swearing that follows feel even more crass then usual. The setting described in the article also adds to the strangeness of the article. The zoo is not a place one expects to find this rough twosome and reading the article knowing it was conducted there takes away it’s appeal. Once the location of the interview moves from the zoo to a restaurant where the drinking of a strangely concocted beverage the feeling of the article fits there lifestyle more but there is still the idea of the children playing at the zoo that makes the reading of swear-words and racism incredibly uncomfortable.

 

The entire article is far too long and, for me, it doesn’t feel like I gained or learnt anything new about the duo. Each interview involves swearing and racist slurs but with the setting and familiarity of this particular article it makes it that much more painful. There is a feeling of vague direction to the article as it mentions the new album to be released but aside from that there is no obvious focus that makes the reading easier. Specifically chosen quotes bring back the inane ramblings of their usual rough edge but they do not match the majority of the article.

 

Although they are the biggest export in South African music at the moment there is something boring and mundane about them as they have lost the scandalized feeling they used to invoke in people and this means that what ever they say and do is now frowned upon and, in essence, ignored. This article attempts to change that and it fails dismally.

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