I just discovered this group called "die antwoord". I live under rocks. I think some of you will probably have heard of them already. I did not and
thought those like me would like to see some of their material as it is very stimulating and freaking cool.
They are south African and their main style is "zef". Zef is a South African counter culture to elite high class Africaans. It is musically a fusion
of rap and rave music. Here is the wiki info on "zef":
The word zef is an Afrikaans slang word, which roughly translates to the English word common. Jack Parow, in an interview, describes the movement
as "kind of like posh, but the opposite of posh." It differs from the Australian term bogan, and the British term chav in that it is mostly a positive
term for oneself, rather than a derogatory term for someone else. It is also not typical of the poorest classes of the society, but rather a mostly
white, lower-middle class subculture. Yolandi Visser of Die Antwoord is quoted as saying, "It's associated with people who soup their cars up and rock
gold and #. Zef is, you're poor but you're fancy. You're poor but you're sexy, you've got style."
The word "zef" is a shortening of the name of the Ford Zephyr motorcar that was popular worldwide from the 1950s to the 1970s. In South Africa, these
cars were often owned by working-class people, especially from the then-upcoming East and West Rand areas of Johannesburg (due to gold mining activity
and the rising price of gold after it was de-coupled from a fixed price of USD 35 per fine ounce). The average Zephyr driver, while relatively
comfortable financially in the 70s, was still generally from a more working-class than elite or highly educated background, so owners of these cars
were given the derogatory description of being "zef" (Zephyr owner) by middle-class and more well-to-do South
They are absolutely visually addictive. Their originality is pure. They turned down allot of gigs, contracts and other forms of cash making deals so
as to keep their Independence. The male member of the duo was even offered the lead role in the movie Elysium. He turned it down. They broke off from
their record label (Interscope)and then shot a video basically giving a huge middle finger to the music industry and their former record label mates
and all the princes of music. They started their own label called zef records and released their next album.
I like them. At first their lyrics and style are hard to settle with. I dont like rap or techno music anymore. This is something new and completely
different though. Its awesome. Their lyrics are full of profanity and that played out gangsta crap mentality. Its still cool though. I compare them to
the early days of OI music. A working class response to a deep running social identity crisis and the rebellion that produces as well as a
redefinition of what it is to be a poor working class white person in a world of supposed racial privilege.
here are a few things about them that paints a picture of who they are at heart. WARNING: they curse ALLOT.
I never heard about the Elysium thing i thought Eminem was who was almost for the role?
In case you dont know their accents and image is a persona they made up. Look at an old "MaxNormal TV" (previous project) interview and you see them
both dressed and speaking entirely different which in itself also seems to be a persona.
I love some of their songs and hate a few others. They are pretty addicting to watch as you say.
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