Yeah, you saw him doing his thang up on stage–mixing his jams, tapping his beat box and bopping his head. “You guys can talk, hold up your drinks, not give a … but I’m going to do my thing up here,” he boldly stated as he began his mix of “baby-making music.”
“Who’s making babies right now?” he later asked. A few local music fiends cheered and even yelled out, “only with you!” A faint giggle echoed through a small part of the crowd, which only built anticipation of what was to come for the evening.
From stirring up the crowd in South Africa, to stirring up the House of Blues Dallas, this Zef-cultured duo definitely earned the well-deserved adoration the crowd gave to them. This sold out event had many outside begging for any extra tickets anyone might have. (One fan even offered another fan with a nifty mustache two hundred dollars for the ticket which might or might not even have been claimed that night.) But who can blame them? This is “The Answer”, translating in Afrikaan to Die Antwoord.
First appeared on stage the super tight DJ Hi-Tek in a bright orange hoodie which shown so brightly by the vibrant black lights. A couple of minutes later the real action began, because then“Enter[ed] The Ninja”, matching orange hoodie and all. Finally a much smaller figure approached, also in an orange hoodie. Suddenly, that unique voice sounded throughout the venue and it became known to all that the “fancy” Yo-Landi was in the house.
In the earlier part of the set, they covered the oh-so-familiar “This Is Why I’m Hot” and throughout the night, that was all they proved.
As they rapped and raved and jerked their arms, the crowd did the same. While performing “I Fink U Freaky” we all sang along “I like you a lot.” (And it’s true, we do like them a lot.) Despite their obvious fame and fancy (funny if you understand the Zef culture) Yo-Landi and Ninja maintained a humble presence on stage:“My name is Ninja… When I was [younger] I told my father that I was going to be a superstar.” Well you made it Ninja, you are the “Beat Boy” we all love.
While Die Antwoord’s presence on stage was a total hype-factor, the corresponding imagery projected as the backdrop was “trippy”, as one nearby fan put it, hyping up the crowd even more. The frequent interchanging of Yo-Landi’s clothing and enthusiasm towards the Zef culture made it quite evident that she was a “Rich B***h” as she sang and moved to her own words. Despite Yo-Landi’s booming confidence while performing, she did not speak much to the crowd. Nonetheless, she put on an amazing performance.
Everything about the evening was tight, Ninja’s rapid lyrics, the minimal space within the crowd, even Yo-Landi’s fancy gold leggings (pun intended). (Girl, where did you get yo’ leggings? They are tight!) As amazing as the performance was, their set was only about 55 minutes long. I was expecting an encore that never came. Nonetheless, I insist you get your ticket next time they hit up our “fancy” city.