Enter the imperceptible: Reading Die Antwoord

Sonja Smit, Valerie Su-Lin Wee
2015 Cogent Arts & Humanities  
Die Antwoord (The Answer), a Zef-rap outfit from South Africa, have been criticised for their appropriation of cultural signifiers in their lyrics and the images which come to fore in their music videos. This paper investigates how the band uses culture as a "found object" and albeit problematically, subverts static conceptions regarding South African life. I read Die Antwoord's performance as an embrace of simulation (via Jean Baudrillard) which destabilises myths regarding authenticity. Die
more » ... twoord's lack of authenticity is investigated in relation to hip hop as well as the creation of a Zef counter-culture. Drawing specifically from "Fatty Boom Boom", the analysis centres on how the band satirises exoticised myths surrounding South African life.
doi:10.1080/23311983.2015.1064246 fatcat:ll7nwo3sv5hplmskefhzb6aqp4