Die Antwoord gets freeky on Letterman

2012-02-07 09:14
Cape Town - Cape Town based zef-rap group Die Antwoord made their debut performance on the late-night US television talk show The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday.

Die Antwoord performed their latest video single I Fink You Freeky off their new album Ten$ion.

The Late Show with David Letterman is recorded daily in NYC at the Ed Sullivan studio on Broadway, in front of a live audience. Die Antwoord was the musical guest for the episode that also had former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar on the line-up.

Before they recorded the show, Ninja told Die Burger that it's difficult to say why Americans like them so much.

One of the things that made American audiences so different from local audiences, he said, was that they did not understand Afrikaans swear words.

Die Antwoord's Letterman performance will be broadcast in South Africa on Sony Entertainment Television, DStv channel 113, on Tuesday February 14 at 23:15.

According to Die Burger, Die Antwoord fever was running high in the US with Ninja and fellow band member Yo-Landi "Vi$$er" being the faces of fashion designer Alexander Wang's new range. Huge billboards of the two had been erected in New York.

Watch Die Antwoord's performance on Letterman here:



  • Preshen - 2012-02-07 09:35

    A proudly South African moment

      RealityDan - 2012-02-07 09:51

      @ Preshen: You're joking right?

      Fredster - 2012-02-07 12:49

      South African, but nothing to be proud of

      CapeChappy - 2012-02-07 15:55

      Guys... don't overthink it... they are taking the piss. They started as a bit of a joke and got snatched up by mainstream America, most of whom don't get the joke! They are laughing all the way to the bank, all credit to them!

      David - 2012-02-07 16:39

      Got to disagree and say it sucks balls... was cringing the whole way through.. perhaps if the US had context to them they might not think they sing like 5 year olds. Well done for achieving this but much better talent could rather showcase SA...so not a proudly sa moment for me.

      Alva - 2012-02-07 17:16

      I think they're freaky and I like them alot!

      Boer - 2012-02-07 22:50

      They might be an embarresment for some but I' ll tell you they are laughing all the way to the bank Big time.

      Towtruck - 2012-02-08 01:02

      It is no joke to be evil and demented> They look as if they are the bottom of the foodchain!

      Sean - 2012-02-08 07:04

      shame on America, and shame on South Africa. You are all from the bottom of the food chain!

      gbbfg - 2012-02-08 08:11

      Preshen... please tell me you're joking. I'm even more embarassed about this than I am about Malema. It's bloody awful. Die Antwoord is now my number one reason for wanting to hide my nationality when travelling. It is absolute trash of the lowest order.

      Rosanela - 2012-02-08 10:32

      i don't particularly enjoy this group's music but i am happy they took initiative and made something of themselves..there are different types of south africans, thats what makes us so interesting. if their success makes you uncomfortable and not proud, you should question yourself.. or go to austraaaaalia where everyone is the same lol

  • Gerda - 2012-02-07 09:45

    Freaky freaks. Maybe the americans like the sound of the afrikaans swearing words without knowing the meaning of the words. Where is the talent?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-07 13:52

      at least the effort is there...

  • Wt - 2012-02-07 11:25

    What was the question and what was die antwoord?

      Fred - 2012-02-07 15:10

      The question was: What happend to Max Normal? "Wil jy rerig DIE ANTWOORD weet?"

  • Olivia - 2012-02-07 11:33

    This is sooo emabarassing....unbelievable crap!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 12:36

      Yet they appear on David Letterman, tour the world... and you?

      Marius - 2012-02-07 13:11

      Thank you PointBlank! Could'nt have said it better myself.

      vastis1 - 2012-02-07 14:44

      And I suppose Steve Hofmeyer, Kurt Dareen, and all the other "non" embarrassing performers have world tours and a David Letterman performance ? If you don't like then, don't read about them!

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 16:37

      Hahaha..That is classic Pointblank!! Die Antwooerd Rocks man!

      Hugh - 2012-02-08 12:43

      Always thought Cape Town was another country, seems more like another planet,but you gotta love them. Rule the world SA!

  • JT - 2012-02-07 11:34

    If you don't like Die Antwoord, that's okay. Stop calling them an "embarrassment" or whatever, they're not there to fly a flag for South Africa. Not every South African that makes it big internationally has to be a national symbol. So if you don't like it, find something else to read/watch.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 12:34

      Hear hear!

      Fredster - 2012-02-07 12:51

      It is about the embarrassment that it comes from our country

      Marc - 2012-02-14 09:49

      Fredster, what on earth is the embarrassment. Where always embarrassed at our own people and when they get hype from others we call those an embarrassment as well? This country tends to be very negative about its own. Geez, I only see potential export product! GDP growth interest inSA from a different market which could potentially increase our Tourism product?!

  • WYNANDVW - 2012-02-07 11:46

    After being exposed to these clowns for a number of years here in South Africa, I'm still unable to figure out if this is a joke, or if this is real. Are they really this stupid and zef or is that just part of the act? Neither of which would explain why they seem to be doing all-right...? Who listens to this crap and why? - A riddle I've been unable to solve, maybe the Americans know something we don't.

      Wt - 2012-02-07 11:49

      The ninja really has a skill for rapping, that being said, they rap about things which other zef and common people find amusing.

      bjnortier - 2012-02-07 12:57

      If an artist creates a painting, is it real? Assuming that wasn't rhetorical - 'Why?'. Well, they are very interesting. Die Antwoord is an expression of counterculture. They rap about poverty, alcohol abuse and circumcision, when most of their contemporaries continuously repeat the same permutations of love, money and sex. Their videos are the antithesis of the vast majority of music videos that are a monument to consumerism and consumption. And their productions and music are really good - but it's hard to recognise if it's not to your taste. In some ways they are way more REAL than most of the mainstream. P.S. Is Robbie Wessels a joke, or is he for real? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQVa3isBt8Y

      giepievz - 2012-02-08 12:34

      I think BJ is the oly one I have seen potingbhere who actually gets whatbis going on. When I saw their first videos, I was amazed at the quality of the productions. This is not a trailer-trash low-budget effort to become known, and has never been. And they have gone and created something new and fresh - whether you like the style or not. When Punk rock began, nobody outside the punk movement got it. Now it is interwoven into modern music and even into modern symbols of society. Watch this space these guys are going to have more influence on international music than any South-African band till now.

  • Rob - 2012-02-07 11:50

    JT, there is no need to be so offensive. If someone wants to express his or her views, they are free to do so, just as you are. Anyway, I must agree, that I won't be proud of such a display of bad taste. I have just expressed my point of view freely!

  • Dirk - 2012-02-07 12:06

    This band is setting the States on fire, and flying the SA flag! All you guys complaining, what have you achieved lately?

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 12:38

      They opened for Deadmau5, they appeared on the David Letterman show, they have toured the world, they have smashed America... how are the moaners comparing? Maybe they would top Die Antwoord in moaning?

      Rob - 2012-02-07 12:50

      Just because the yanks have bad taste doesn't mean we have to get excited about a freeky couple. Maybe she isn't SAfrican. With those large black eyes and gaunt face, she could be an alien! Do you think she wrote that song after she first saw the dj okie? Is he really wearing a mask?

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-07 15:54

      @Dirk. Damn well said! Love them or hate them, there is no doubting that they have a talent for rap and a talent for marketing too. all those who stand in judgment, have you heard the cr*p voices coming out of the States? It seems a talent for getting most of your kit off is enough to get a record deal.

      MarkSchrade1980 - 2012-02-07 16:08

      Utter tosh my friend!!!! Thank God I have a choice what I can listen to. Doesn't mean that because they make it big someplace that it's good hey

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 12:40

    Congrats to them, they found a strange place in the market and have made it a huge success, a strange one but a success nevertheless. News24 moaners can't even get their articles published on News24...hahaha!!

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-07 15:55

      Good for you Pointblank. Die Antwoord deserve our support and i'm glad you are voicing yours.

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  • Christopher - 2012-02-07 13:42

    They rock...supa cool!

      Sean - 2012-02-08 07:11

      stop smoking that crack Christopher!

  • Bob - 2012-02-07 13:42

    Not well puppies and whacky to say the least! But at least they making USA weirdos and freaks happy..! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q77YBmtd2Rw http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqRVYHZg79w&feature=related

  • Randomhero6661 - 2012-02-07 13:50

    All i can say is that they are living their lives...good for them, but like always people will criticize, you still wake up every mornin to tackle the rat race and when you win, you still stay a rat. In their odd way they are good at what they do and they deserve every bit of reward they get.

  • Charlotte - 2012-02-07 13:57

    I don't want to be funny! But who listens to this crap!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 15:04

      People who listen to this crap. I ask myself that very question about dubstep.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 15:06

      In fact I ask that question about Trance and Heavy Metal..

      tjane.viljoen - 2012-02-07 15:21

      Obviosly you did ,otherwi ..ze,how could you have commented with who listens to this crap? CRAP TO SOME RAPP TO SOME.

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 16:38

      They hot...listen to their other songs...really insane cool stuff.

      Alva - 2012-02-07 17:25

      Die Antwoord's material is very original. In a way it is pure genius. If you are not an adventurous sort, just switch off! I think they're freaky and I like them alot!

      Rob - 2012-02-07 17:25

      Chris, you are right - insane!

      Hugh - 2012-02-08 12:41

      Beats country music hands down.

      Lize - 2012-02-08 16:25

      You're right Charlotte, you're not funny.

  • Lucille - 2012-02-07 14:20

    They are not my cup of tea. But there's no denying that they are very good at what they do and they obviously have lots of fans who support their music. Give credit where it's due.

      David - 2012-02-07 16:47

      Looks like PointBlank flies the flag is supporter number 1

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2012-02-07 14:43

    Go, Die Antwoord, Well Done bly n paar ouens kry darem nou en dan n break.

  • Melissa - 2012-02-07 15:06

    I think it's great that Die Antwoord made it this far. Keep up the interesting work.

  • tjane.viljoen - 2012-02-07 15:13

    The unfortunate thing in this is You like Yellow and I like blue ,You like Pop music and I like Rock AND so it should be ,every one to his own ,There will always be Differences of like's and dont like's ,and then also, the Je le la sy factor ,In my op ini on I THINK THEY FREEEEKY AND I LIKE THEM A LOTTTTT, Proudly South -African .The future is now,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      Sean - 2012-02-08 07:15

      'My God,'Who are we kidding"? David Letterman.... like attracts like Tjane. And let me just tell you something about Americans,they are just as ignorant as South Africans.

  • Moi - 2012-02-07 15:16

    Eish...that hair! that little pony at the back of the neck...urgh! Good song though. I'll just keep my eyes closed when they perfom live. :)

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 16:19

      But Yolinda is strangely sexy :)

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 16:40

      I like the way you talk Pointblank...She is hot in a strange groovy way!

  • Idont - 2012-02-07 15:32

    Dear David Letterman & the United States of America, We are extremely sorry that you have been introduced to this excuse of a band, er, sorry, "Zef-Rapper group". Please make sure that you wash the hand you used to greet them with very well... twice. Yours sincerely, A very apologetic South Africa

      Donny Doncaster - 2012-02-07 15:51

      Agreed.. What a shocker!

      cheryl.kristiansen - 2012-02-07 15:58

      As per so often, your lack of tolerance is so narrow minded.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-07 16:21

      Dear Open Minded People, I cannot apologise for the idiots on News24 who think they represent other people and who think they speak on behalf of the rest of us. I hope they disappear soon.

      Christopher - 2012-02-07 16:42

      It reminds me of your mother E=MC2 :)

      Idont - 2012-02-08 08:46

      hahahaha so childish. So because i dont share your poor taste in music, i get called narrow minded, an idiot & my mother gets brought into it? Grow a sence of humour people!

      Deon - 2012-02-08 09:01

      No E=MC2. You didn't just say that they're not to your taste, you apologised for their existence on behalf of all of us. That's the problem. Just crawl back into your hole.

  • nadine.hayward13 - 2012-02-07 16:25

    Nog n klomp idiots wat SA se naam saam die ANC weg gooi...

      Eugene - 2012-02-07 22:16

      hulle versprei die Afrikaanse taal die hele wêreld deur...wie anders doen dit? niemand anders doen dit nie.

  • Kevin - 2012-02-07 16:26

    The saddest part about this is the people who pay good money for this cr.@.p. Hats off to them though cos they're no doubt making a ton of moolah.

      Lize - 2012-02-08 16:50

      Why? Are the Look & Listen staff forcing people to write out cheques for their CD? Why do you morons think the show's producers booked them? Because someone held a gun to their heads? No. Get over yourselves and accept that these guys are brilliant!

  • Daniël - 2012-02-07 17:05

    Ek kry skaam.

  • Alva - 2012-02-07 17:27

    Way to go, Die Antwoord!

  • Vicky - 2012-02-07 18:27

    ja, well, no, fine….. Looks like embarrassing Safrikens has become the new national sport, Bokke, Bafana, Proteas, ANC, die antwoord…. It can only get better...

  • flysouth - 2012-02-07 18:52

    Pretty well talent-free. Mediocrity rules - okay! Also a pity that the Americans never, ever make any effort to actually pronounce foreign names correctly - Die Ant-Word indeed! LOL

  • Barbara - 2012-02-07 20:20

    They sucked - do NOT want to be associated with them at all! Even Letterman couldn't make much out of it. Go bye-bye Die Antwoord!!!

      John - 2012-02-08 15:46

      MMm Well he did say they should replace Madonna on the superbowl halftime show. And why dont you show us another SA band doing as well overseas? Ah yes. There are none. #fail

      Chantelle - 2012-02-09 13:33

      oh yes... they must suck - to come from south africa and make it onto the world wide stage... yes... seems they suck really bad

  • Francois Shannon Ackermann - 2012-02-07 20:25

    Was the question "commen"? Well then that is "die antwoord"!!!

  • Trevor - 2012-02-07 20:38


  • peterjohnjnb - 2012-02-07 20:42

    whatever anyone thinks of them, they are unique and when you consider the sentence construction and use of language, there is talent there - furthermore, I challenge anyone to create a more unique formula - AND make it work in the notoriously difficult and frankly closed American market - much less in a foreign language - don't be haters guys, we can't all "rock" to kaptein......

      Alva - 2012-02-07 21:05

      Exactly. Die Antwoord= unique talent.

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-07 22:14

      Least someone has sense here...

      John - 2012-02-08 15:47

      #frick Yea! If people dindt like the offering they would not partake of it. #demand creates #supply Go die Antwoord!

  • Eugene - 2012-02-07 22:09

    As dit is hoe Afrikaans gaan survive...laat dit so wees hahahaha! Love 'em!!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-07 22:13

    Everyone else seems to like them abroad, why should we hate? If you guys are so upset by this, then by all means- try get Jack Parrand poked for shows like Letterman's and let's see how that goes. The people keep booking Die Antwoord b/c they are different and proud, something that we need a lil bit of in this world. I am 100% behind them.

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-02-07 22:13

      I meant Jack Parrow.

  • braamc - 2012-02-08 03:23

    Fabulous, all in Afrikaans

  • Mpho - 2012-02-08 07:57

    I have no words

  • FeZ14 - 2012-02-08 09:33

    I really wonder what the Yanks were thinking watching this :P nevertheless, SA all the way lol

  • bernadine.vanderlinde - 2012-02-08 10:27

    Crap!!! This will get filed under my little column of things I'll never understand..

  • Dmitri - 2012-02-08 12:28

    I don't like that kind of music. That is not to say that they are failures. Touring the US, getting paid in Dollars, off to Europe, getting paid in Pounds/ Euros....not bad, not bad at all.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-02-08 12:49

    LOL...Proudly South African!!..love it!

  • violet.bossut - 2012-02-08 13:08

    I do not enjoy the Antwoord's music but hey you have to give them a big Credit. Well done.

  • Christopher - 2012-02-08 14:17

    "There is the half time show"- brilliant chirp. Well done Die Antwoord...did us proud...well some of us!

  • John - 2012-02-08 15:44

    Fricken Awesome! Hope they take over the world! Zef!

  • Koos - 2012-02-08 16:22

    Bloody car accident, you don't want to watch, but you can't help yourself.

  • nawtymonz - 2012-02-12 06:58

    I wish Die Antwoord would stop making fun of the special kids. Hasn't anyone told them it is not nice

  • des.rentel - 2012-02-12 14:02

    Like the photo of Yolandi....good for them expressing themselves and making a hit in the US..

  • Chris - 2012-02-17 11:35

    You suckers who take them at face value, they've got you hook line and sinker. They are brilliant media manipulators, and are playing you HARD! They couldnt possibly do what they are doing, without you.

  • swampgurl - 2012-02-17 15:03

    Shooo Yolada looks scary man

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