Die Antwoord's Ninja: I'm actually black

2012-02-17 10:01
Pauli van Wyk
Cape Town - "God made a mistake with me. I'm actually black, trapped in a white body," said Ninja.

Die Antwoord's Ninja, also known as Watkin Tudor Jones, spoke from Chicago in the USA about the group's infectious nature, Afrikaans and Kurt Darren.

Jones has never been one to hold his tongue, and refers to himself as a "white kaffir" in the group's new song Never le Nkemise, off of their latest album, Ten$ion

After appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman and at New York Fashion Week, Ninja says Americans have taken to the SA zef rappers like a duck to water.

"The people are going fucking crazy.

"They tattoo themselves like us, they dress like us and they cut their hair like ours. And all the Americans rap in Afrikaans. It's crazy."

Giving Afrikaans a bad name?

Yo-landi Vi$$er is as Afrikaans as they come and although Ninja is a soutie (English speaking person), he is proud of the Afrikaans language and would be insulted if someone accused Die Antwoord of giving Afrikaans a bad name.

"We rebel against all brain-dead, soulless music.

"People started saying Afrikaans is dead. Now we're massive all over the world, millions of kids rap along in Afrikaans.

"If that's a bad thing, don't listen [to our music].

"Apartheid was a Afrikaans thing and it was bad; now we're flipping that shit."

Ninja revealed some of the South African music Die Antwoord listens to.

"Coloured rappers like Scallywag, Isaac Mutant and Jaak Paarl. Snotkop is a dud. I don't know Karen Zoid's music. Kurt Darren is actually a fucking treasure, he's our tjommie (friend). I like Kurt's shit, the rest is just irrelevant."

Jones made a name for himself as various personas on stage and he has never repeated the same persona on an album. Until now. Ninja isn't happy that people say he's a sell-out and that the sudden fame has corrupted him.

"I've always been looking for my true self. And Ninja is it. I've always experimented with different characters. I searched deep within for the real me. Ninja is what I've always wanted to be. Hardcore, indestructible. My mom and my daughter call me Ninja." 


  • Gareth - 2012-02-17 10:23

    he's a what? lol

      Martin - 2012-02-17 10:37

      im a ninja, my life is laaik a video game, i maintain while im in the zone!!Q! hahah

      Bonjo - 2012-02-17 11:37

      LOL Why are you making fun of him? Is it because he's black? #sarcasm

      Johan - 2012-02-17 13:00

      Ninja for president! Ek sĂȘ.

  • Michael Laski - 2012-02-17 10:33

    He is such an intellectual, so deep... and $hit

  • Paulus - 2012-02-17 10:57


      RealityDan - 2012-02-17 11:52

      Snoreeeeeeeee in agreement @Paulus

  • Derde - 2012-02-17 11:31

    "I've always been looking for my true self. And Ninja is it. I've always experimented with different characters. I searched deep within for the real me. Ninja is what I've always wanted to be. Hardcore, indestructible. My mom and my daughter call me Ninja" - stupid much you dimwit pothead whigger

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-21 14:07

      "...the rest is irrelevant..." He's talking about you.

  • leon.j.steyn - 2012-02-17 11:32

    Can somebody just please, please please PLEASE shut Die Antwoord up. I am ashamed to be associated (as an South African) with these people. The music world is in a race to see who has most shock-value. Just like Lady Gaga ... they are getting more obscure (and irrelevant) and will soon be disliked by most. I hope it happens sooner than later.

      Julie - 2012-02-17 11:54

      I agree with EL Jay

      Heiku - 2012-02-17 12:10

      Old much?

      Annelize - 2012-02-17 13:28

      And they are laughing all the way to the bank....jellous much?

      leon.j.steyn - 2012-02-17 13:33

      Laughing all the way to the bank maybe. I can become a public disgrace as well and get paid for it too. Listen, they do have some good talent for music but the way they do it and present themselves is simply ridiculous. Oh, and I am not old, Heiku. Taste, good manners and having some class is not age releted or relevant.

      christo.crous - 2012-02-17 13:53

      Ok El Jay.. You shut up first, because I'm ashamed to be associated with people like you..

      ComradeLol - 2012-02-17 14:56

      Forgot to take your happy pills El_Jay?

      leon.j.steyn - 2012-02-17 15:44

      Happy pills - does their conduct, appearance and videos (or the new CD cover for the matter) look HAPPY to you?

      Jason - 2012-02-17 17:59

      Yes indeed, they are laughing all the way to the bank! Laughing heartily at the millions of f*&cking morons out there willing to pay for their crap "music", T-shirts and other branded crap.

      ruan.s.fourie - 2012-02-21 10:13

      How about this? http://gevaaalik.com/die-antwoord-love-em-or-hate-em Have a read and let them Know what you think El_Jay.

  • marieta.greyling1 - 2012-02-17 11:33

    Not only is he a disgrace for the Afrikaans people but also to the rest of the South African people. Not one race in SA is so commen - Ninja must be from out of space!

      Annelize - 2012-02-17 13:29

      Dont speak for all of us please..

      christo.crous - 2012-02-17 13:54

      Jy's dom Marieta..

      Bokfan - 2012-02-17 14:32

      Only commen peple spel kommin wif a eeeee.

      Paulus - 2012-02-17 14:50

      @bokfan... and only you spell common wif a eeeeeeeeeee

  • Vermie - 2012-02-17 11:34

    o.o omg I've seen this guy before! Vanilla Ice look-a-like!

  • flysouth - 2012-02-17 11:57

    I cannot imagine anything more racist than claiming to be of a race which you are clearly not.

  • johncarlos.biza - 2012-02-17 11:57

    Lol he's funny. He has a right to an identity that makes him comfortable the most.

  • Jocelyn - 2012-02-17 12:17

    A true 26... wetslaner

  • Mlungisi - 2012-02-17 12:21

    Where is this dude coming from again, Ysterplat? If so, what did you expect?

  • charlymariaan - 2012-02-17 13:04

    Wat my die meeste van alles skok, is dat hy vir Kurt Darren 'n "treasure" noem...

      Con - 2012-02-17 14:33

      Wel hy is "into" zef is hy nie ?

  • Henry - 2012-02-17 14:46


  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 14:50

    cool...so table are turning now...soon you'll be buying hair curls and skin tanning lotions...ha ha ha.

  • kotze.ansie - 2012-02-17 14:54

    Wow !! Het julle gesien hoe flash Yolandi ? Glad nie 'n skaam meisie nie. Dis net boob, boud, en kwassie !

      Mikkel - 2012-02-22 10:58


  • ComradeLol - 2012-02-17 14:54

    Die Antwoord is die Answer!!!Finish en Klaar!!!

  • swampgurl - 2012-02-17 14:57

    Kwaaaaa kkkkkkk Americans rapping in Afrikaans! Kkkkkkkk Kwaaaaaaaa

  • Christina - 2012-02-17 15:36

    if we didnt have people like Ninja in this world, life will be boring, with all the serious people, time an again we need some laugh listen to this" "God made a mistake with me. I'm actually black, trapped in a white body," said Ninja. tlllltlllltll!!!!!!!!!!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-02-21 20:25

      Got to agree with you. I enjoy them and their music.

  • mapome - 2012-02-17 15:50

    Lees bietjie hier: http://afrikaans.news24.com/Rubrieke/JohanSwarts/Afrikaans-moet-vrylik-beskikbaar-wees-20111213

  • Mark - 2012-02-17 16:34

    A 'soutie' (sout-pi*l) is not strictly an English speaker, it's an arcane Afrikaans reference to one of 'impure' blood, or questionable loyalty to South Africa - a white person who only had one Afrikaans parent or British heritage. One 'foot' in England, one 'foot' in Africa and a **** dangling in the Atlantic.

  • colin.chester1 - 2012-02-17 17:17

    Sigh.. Yep, and I'm actually Brad Pitt. Trying too hard is VERY passe.. as is white guilt. Cr@p like this just reinforces stereo typical belief that being a particular color makes you better or worse than someone else. What a pratt

  • Gail - 2012-02-17 18:36

    You guys are different. Kudos to you for winning over the american audience. Your performance at the SAMA's last year was innovative and amazing. Sing it with me now "I I I I'm butterfly, I need your protection need your protection"

  • Grant - 2012-02-17 19:45

    This guy is probably breaking the bank making millions, making a huge name for himself in show-business and will probably have an unlimited amount of beauties hanging off his arm....... why do I feel sorry for him? :S

  • colin.crowther2 - 2012-02-17 20:37

    Michael Jackson was a white person trapped in a black body.

  • melt.vanaarde - 2012-02-17 21:31

    May God forgive him :( for saying Gog made a mistake.

      prettyflippinwise - 2012-02-18 03:49

      praise Gog

      Johan - 2012-02-18 07:19

      May God forgive you for that spelling mistake.

      Mikkel - 2012-02-22 10:59

      #Johan hahaahah nice 1

  • Owencat - 2012-02-17 21:49

    Making bags of money is one thing, these very ordinary musos hit paydirt, but when it comes to musical talent they are completely soulless and contrived! Die Antwoord may have a few fans, but I aint one of them

      Wayne Jacobs - 2012-02-18 19:49

      Wayne Jacobs - 2012-02-18 19:49


  • Blip - 2012-02-18 07:15

    So's Ali G. Hehehe.

  • hanro.v.eck - 2012-02-18 11:27

    he looka alot like an old SA rapper mmmm maybe max normal?????

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-18 14:26

    the thing about The Antwoord is ...if you can ignore/live with the cursing and profanity the music in itself is quite polished and entertaining... I'm only talking about the first CD since I haven't listened to the new one yet

  • Lwando Zondwa-Ziintshaba Poni - 2012-02-19 13:28

    Lmao! black or white but this dude is hilarious. We need more people like this in SA to tell all the ignorant bigots its not about black or white, its about HUMANITY - UBUNTU. Every racist black or white just needs to calm the hell down!!!

  • bluzulu - 2012-03-13 13:17

    Here's a different tact......Go for it mate,,,,We are all BLACK

  • Francois - 2012-03-14 09:48

    Ninja's got fans just like Steve H, Kurt D and Danny K, why not grant him the fame and support. He is only trying to make a living! LOL at the Haters!

  • Gomoco - 2012-03-14 15:33

    let the man choose what he wants to be, he is a grown man and can make his own decisions just like piet dlamini, president of the awb kzn region

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