When: Wed., Nov. 3, 9 p.m. 2010
Imagine a land in which government-sanctioned racial segregation existed until the 1990s. Now imagine that, within that land, racial tension, relative national insularity and Western influence created a cultural movement by the name of Zef -- a movement that focused on low-income social mores and a mish-mash of racial stereotypes. Now imagine that from that movement came a musical group -- a hip-hop group, naturally -- that was so outrageously caricatured that listeners across the globe had no idea whether or not these people were for real. Well, imagine no longer, because they're real ... well, they really exist, that is, whether or not they're being intentionally satirical. Their name is Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for "The Answer"), and they hail from South Africa, where Zef culture seems to have become something of a phenomenon. You might say Zef fans land somewhere between the American Juggalos and the British chavs etiquette- and appearance-wise, but one thing's certain: Die Antwoord's frontman, who goes by the name Ninja in this project, can spit white-hot fire that's as frequently indecipherable as it is fascinating and hilarious. Not to mention his female sidekick Yolandi Vi$$er's strangely sexy mullet. Looking for a spectacle? You got one. It's no surprise we hear they'll hook up with Harmony Korine for a project while in town. Baltimore-based M.I.A. protege Rye Rye appears in support.
D. Patrick Rodgers