Die Antwoord for Letterman debut

2012-02-06 09:17
Cape Town - Cape Town based zef-rap group Die Antwoord will perform on the late-night US television talk show The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night.

The programme will be shown on South African television in the coming weeks, Die Burger reported on Monday.

The band will share the show with former Buffy the Vampire Slayer star Sarah Michelle Gellar. It will be the group's first appearance on the programme.

Afrikaans swear words

The group will introduce its new CD Ten$ion on the show.

"It's difficult to say why Americans like us so much," the band's lead singer, Ninja, said.

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

Ninja said that he would say whatever he wanted on the Letterman show but the US viewers wouldn't be able to understand him.

According to Die Burger, Die Antwoord fever was running high in the US with Ninja and fellow band member Yo-Landi "Vi$$er" 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 latest video I Fink U Freeky:


  • Pat - 2012-02-06 10:14


      Tandas - 2012-02-06 11:42

      THEY ARE FCKING AWESOME!!! DJ Hi-Tek Pappa!!!

      Final.Punishment - 2012-02-06 13:52

      @Tandas; you know DJ hi-tek has passed away.. so not part of the band Leon Botha (4 June 1985 – 5 June 2011[1]) was a South African painter, and musical performer,[2] as well as one of the world's oldest survivors of progeria.[3]

      Sussie - 2012-02-06 15:09

      Final.Punishment, Leon Botha was not DJ Hi-Tek. He was DJ Solaris. He only performed in the Enter The Ninja video. The real DJ Hi-Tek is alive and well and living in Cape Town.

  • Doc - 2012-02-06 10:27

    Freeky for sure.

  • renejupp - 2012-02-06 10:27

    If they are "die Antwoord", what is "die Question"?

      Sussie - 2012-02-06 15:08

      They give an answer to this question on their new song Hey Sexy on the new CD Tension. I wish I could see your face when you hear it...

      stevenspray - 2012-02-07 00:47

      I think you meant "Die Vraag" not "Die Question" or else they would've been Die Answer, see?

  • Fredster - 2012-02-06 10:36

    This is what you get when people do not have the talent to sell music...then they go and swear, and do these funny things to draw crowds

      J-Man - 2012-02-06 11:58

      No Talent to sell Music? You mean that's why they're on one of the Biggest Late Night Talk shows? You don't have to listen to them etc, but at least give credit where credit is due. "Thats why they go and swear..." oh boohoo... really.

      whiandre.vuyk - 2012-02-06 13:27

      @J-man: not sure if u are aware who Dave Letterman is... Letterman has the tendency to get the most ridiculous of guests and make fun of them... he's out to show the world how stupid people really can be... them appearing on "The Late Show" shouldn't be considered as proof as them having any talent, all that means is that they have reached the level of fame for him to have noticed their pointlessness and thought of showing his point of view to the rest of the US... In the interview, "Ninja" said:""It's difficult to say why Americans like us so much,"It's difficult to say why Americans like us so much,"... not really, it's pretty easy to explain... all over the world there's music sold to people that don't understand a word said, it just sounds catchy to them... *TV adds for English lessons come to mind*... and lets face it... This is the American public we talking about... and credit? I'll give it when it's due...

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-02-06 10:51

    Die antwoord is kommen en die amerikaners is te dom om dit agter te kom.

      Sussie - 2012-02-06 15:11

      Steve Hofmeyr en Snotkop en Juanita du Plessis en Kurt Darren en Steve Hofmeyr is tienmiljoen maal meer kommen, boetman. Wat weet jy van Die Antwoord? Gaan koop eerder vir jou die nuwe Nicholis Louw CD as jy wil check wat kommen regtig is.

      Altyd - 2012-02-06 15:29

      Ek dink die Amerikaners weet hulle is kommen - en kan nie genoeg kry nie. Miskien nie elke persoon se musiek smaak nie maar "Proudly SA", ek dink hulle verdien ons ondersteuning ongeag.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-06 11:13

    Awesome video. First time I have heard this group. Thumbs up

  • Moi - 2012-02-06 11:31

    I'm all for artistic expression but good grief! That video is just bizzare!

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-02-06 13:05

    These guys are far out of the average NEWS 24 reader's comfort zone. Roger Ballen (Platteland?)directed this video. It's good by any standard. They challenge, they invent, they're true. This is better than 99% of the mass-produced junk that litter the radio waves.

      Doc - 2012-02-06 13:51

      I am no music fundi and am not a big lover of "rap" music or whatever you call it, but I must say the tune is catchy and the video (although creepy) is littered with social commentary and I think is very well made. These two are amazingly talented and unique in respect of what is out there in this category, the very fact that they can piss off the average bible thumping South African endures them to me even though I will probably not buy the album.

  • Larissa - 2012-02-06 16:05

    What an embarrassment to South Africans who dont want to be seen as backward, twisted or weird. Is this really all we have to show for ourselves? Two "freeks" who pretend to be inbred morons - maybe they are. They're making terrible music and swearing all the way to the bank. The fact that "Die Antwoord" sells only proves that we are surrounded by thousands of tasteless people. Call me a cultural snob, but this is a sad excuse for art.

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