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I Fink U Freeky

01.02.2012

Having played Interscope hard, Ninja and Yolandi are back with a reboot of last year’s Zef. Is this the biggest South African pop music heist ever? Or the beginning of the end? Either way, it sure sticks in your head.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow is all I can say… a better use of the legend Roger Ballan’s art one could not have imagined… He and Waddy have taken his work to an absolute another level!

    Like them, their music or not… this is genius visually… and they’re keeping it South African from the art, to the style to the ‘extras’… kudos!

    And they’ve timed this new vid/track perfectly for the current multiple Australian summer festivals in the dance tents they’re playing in… genius on so many levels…

    Disclaimer: CNUT is not a big fan of their music… although you’d have to be a dunderhead not to feel that beat in some form… particularly 100K sound systems!

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  2. cnut says:

    Wow is all I can say… a better use of the legend Roger Ballan’s art one could not have imagined… He and Waddy have taken his work to an absolute another level!

    Like them, their music or not… this is genius visually… and they’re keeping it South African from the art, to the style to the ‘extras’… kudos!

    And they’ve timed this new vid/track perfectly for the current multiple Australian summer festivals in the dance tents they’re playing in… genius on so many levels…

    Disclaimer: CNUT is not a big fan of their music… although you’d have to be a dunderhead not to feel that beat in some form… particularly 100K sound systems!

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  3. cnut says:

    You can delete the first anonymous comment thanks editor…

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  4. John Mongrel says:

    I liked this song before it became popular.

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  5. Roger Young says:

    I liked it better when it was Anonz talking about cnut as opposed to cnut talking about cnut in the third person. High Fiving yourself is frowned on around here.

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  6. trasi says:

    isn’t that LFO “freak” in the background??

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  7. Rob says:

    I fink you a one-trick pony

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  8. Rob says:

    ok, lemme qualify for whoever rated my comment as kak.

    I WANT to like die antwoord, i really do, but theyre making it really hard for me by putting out really boring music. Without good beats the shtick is wearing thin.

    This, on the other hand, is way more like it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTs_gLlXyYE

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  9. Daniel Neville says:

    @Rob,

    Personally I agree with you – on the music front that is. There are maybe, just maybe one or two of their tracks that I like and will listen to. But I think you are missing a lot of who Die Antwoord are if you only view them through a music critics lens. To me most of their stuff is performance art, if you look at the whole body of the work they have produced so far and the way they have constructed their image, the carefully timed videos and ‘teasers’ as well as mini mockumentaries you can only come to this conclusion.

    Now im not saying they actually have any real deep message or meaning to their work – or if they do i have not found it yet – but you cant deny the artistic effort that has gone into the creation of Die Antwoord. I really hope their music progresses beyond the whole ‘rap rave’ thing but more than that im interested to see where they are really going with this…. or they could just kinda fade out like all of Waddy’s other projects seemed to.

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  10. Ts'eliso says:

    Interesting take on their current outing: http://africasacountry.com/2012/02/01/die-antwoord-butchering-old-beats/

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  11. Kian says:

    Visually more interesting than musically.

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  12. Tomas says:

    From a fan’s mouth, Die Antwoord’s deeper message – as you say, Daniel – is that you’re not supposed to like them. I was actually dreading the release of their new material. What if they do sell out? What if they forget their industry loathing performance or trade it for something tame. The whole Dada vibe is what I mean.

    But to me that comes through just as strong, if not stronger, in this specific track as in the earlier scene setters. The production of the song is mint and the beat’s pretty gnarly once you relax your guard and allow the rave to penetrate. Then it’s like the man says, “shit this motherfucking beat is nice”.

    The lyrics and especially verse are satisfyingly sardonic, and the same might be said about the video.

    The Zefness has entered the year of the Dragon.

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  13. cnut says:

    Touche’ Roger Young…

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  14. Africasacountry says:

    Did people catch Waddy’s rap: “Ek’s ‘n lanie, jy’s ‘n gam/want jy lam in die mang/met jou slang in ‘n man” in ‘I Fink You Freeky.’?

    For those who don’t or pretend to not understand Afrikaans, translated that reads “I am a boss, you’re a child of Ham/’cause you’re locked up in jail/with your snake [penis] inside a man.” Let me break that down.

    “Lanie” is olloquial coloured slang for a white boss. As for Gam, it’s the Afrikaans for Ham. That’s the Biblical Noah’s cursed son Ham. In Apartheid’s theology coloureds were deemed children of Ham, i.e. the cursed ones. The rest is self explanatory and recalls the homophobic lyrics on their last song.

    As usual am amazed how there’s little debate/comment on these offensive racist tropes and the usual dose of homophobia.

    But I may be expecting too much from listeners/viewers. Many music critics/tastemaker bloggers and DA trolls just repost the videos without engaging with the content. (I know Mahala may be sick of writing about them.)

    Either the visuals are too overpowering to some people, or, more importantly, most people can’t speak or hear Afrikaans.

    But then I can already predict the reply to my comment. The retort is probably going to be the usual, DA don’t mean what they say, this is ironic, it’s zefness, they’re artists or the favorite, they’re defanging these racist terms, or it’s the new South Africa and go make your own video or DASO poster.

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  15. Andy says:

    Spot on Africasacountry. We’re steeling ourselves to review the album and waiting for Ninja to get back to us about that interview request…

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  16. cnut says:

    Why no mention of Ballan?

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  17. cnut says:

    Yet again it’s up to CNUT to educate the ignorant… Andy and co don’t… simply spoof other people’s amateur work on the same old race/politics slant or worse.

    One of the most unique artists to come out of South Africa… but then again it seems most South Africans haven’t a clue what’s happening in their own ‘outer-circles’ let alone outside of them… it’s the international ‘open-minded’ community that ‘sees’…

    Like them, their music or not… these two wit-ous from Die Antwoord are ‘aware’ of the many great obscure artists within their own country!

    And the collaboration with the ‘original’ macabre 60 something visual genius in Ballen is ‘out of the Boks’… but keep letting ‘tall poppy s’ clouding…

    http://www.rogerballen.com/index.asp?page=ig_platteland-imgs
    http://www.rogerballen.com/index.asp?page=ig_outland-imgs

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  18. cnut says:

    And now Mahala are ‘moderating’ comments… fuck me the IRONY…

    Andy Malan?

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  19. Andy says:

    settle down cnut, any comment with more than one link in it gets blocked by our spam protection and needs to be approved.

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  20. ling-ling says:

    I dont like them too much, but for fuck a duck they are not racist. jesus fuck.

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  21. Gammie says:

    Africasacountry -holy shit my broe,you are such a fucken troll sprouting your bile wherever the fuck you can.What’s your problem?-did Waddy fuck your mother or something?

    You calling him racist and homophobic for rapping that line you have quoted is so ignorant and ridiculous it’s actually funny. Bet you are the kind of person who plays records backwards and then tunes people he can hear the devil speaking to him.

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  22. cnut says:

    AfricasAcnutry

    I suggest you head straight for Ballans site and watch some of his videos with commentary starting with Platteland… and then come back to his art links I posted and then back to this music video…

    The light-bulb should blink blink and switch on then I’d hope…

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  23. Andy says:

    Africasacountry, pls forgive the Mahala commentboard trolls, they know not what they do.

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  24. Angelique says:

    Everybody that’s going on like old farts about alleged racism and homophobia, do your research first, please. Go check out the video “Faggot” on Vimeo or YouTune in which Ninja answers to the allegations of homophobia and racism. DJ Hi Tek should fuck all you humourless politcally correct pesudo-intellectuals in the ass.

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  25. cnut says:

    Hi claire…

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