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The lame (and real) reasons why Die Antwoord cancelled their US tour

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Die Antwoord canceled their North American “House of Zef” Tour less than 2 weeks before the first date was meant to kick off while they had fully known that they would be pulling this stunt on their remaining, unsuspecting fans for at least a month prior to announcing it. The way they announced it? Via an unlisted video on their YouTube channel.
Their reasons basically come down to “they are busy with”:
New music videos for the new album;
a documentary they’re making with Roger Ballen;
a feature film they’ve been working on for very long and the sound track to said feature film which apparently will drop in January 2020.
Furthermore they wanted the USA to hear and see and experience all this new shit first.
Honestly, it sounds like a crappy, drawn out infomercial. It even comes complete with the “but wait, there’s more!”-hook: the special fans who are dumb enough to buy VIP tickets will score weed at their shows (conditions apply), despite the fact that weed is probably still illegal throughout most parts of the US. Die Antwoord are in other words writing cheques which they can’t cash and they are honesty beginning to sound like Fyre Fest 2.0 organizers. Because the video was hidden as unlisted on the back pages of Die Antwoord’s website, some fans had to find out about the US cancellations the hard way. Here is one example from a YouTube comment:
“Just walked up to the NOLA show venue and saw the canceled sign on the window. Flew out to Louisiana for noooo reason.”

So before we go through Edwin’s latest video, lets have a look at some of their excuses:

New music videos for the new album
This is probably true because this is typically what Die Antwoord does to create hype around a new tour. It is a stock standard trademark of theirs. They blow a shitload of money doing a version or a few versions of their music videos which they at first don’t like. Then they fire people from the project or people drop off out of their own volition because it is impossible to work with Njnja. Then Die Antwoord finally bring out a video which they are happy with and they go on tour, because the video brings them hype for the tour and helps sell tickets. You can figure this one out for yourself – go look at the major music videos from the past and check which tours followed it.

Die Antwoord documentary with Roger Ballen
This could also be true, but it would be very foolish of Roger Ballen to continue to be involved with Die Antwoord at this stage. I’m pretty sure he has a very good idea of what has transpired in the news. He is currently busy building The Roger Ballen Centre for Photographic Arts in 48 Jan Smuts avenue in Johannesburg which opens in 2020. He will be either too busy or wouldn’t want to attract the wrong kind of attention or publicity for his new business. There are more than likely investors and and other big names attached to this project. It is not like Roger Ballen can use Die Antwoord for any promotional purposes in Johannesburg for his new centre, because Ninja and Yo-Landi have close to zero influence in South Africa. They don’t have a fan base in their own home country, because of their behavior. Maybe go ask mr Ballen yourself?

The feature film and soundtrack
Since 2010, Ninja has had this idea in his head to make a feature film called South African Ninja. It has gone through many phases and changes and re-writes and I’m pretty sure he has pitched it to every single person high up enough during the filming of Chappie back in 2013. It will be interesting to see if this movie really does see the light in January, 2020, because old habits die hard – If my guesses are right, many people will be (or have been) fired because of Ninja’s erratic, abusive and and controlling behavior. Dune who started working on Zef TV is a good example – he fucked off only after 2 episodes aired on YouTube. Then the new guy, in true Ninja-directed infantile fashion, said the previous guy had the shits.

And just to get back to Chappie, an actual movie which got released in theaters – find me two people (besides Yo-Landi and Ninja) from the 150-cast and crew from that film set who were happy with their conduct.  Old habits DieHard. Die Harder 4…

But-but… they keep themselves very busy with Zef TV?
From the tone of the leaked and publicly available Sony emails, Zef TV was supposed to be the building blocks for this bigger movie, but it fucked out, because now Zef TV has taken on the form of their last few remaining ‘friends’ (the likes of Lill2Hood and Qgwa) hanging around and making little explainer and damage control videos on location at their rented house in Higovale to rile up their fans. Ninja explaining to Lil2Hood  the way in which their ‘haters’ operate, is cringe worthy – not only because Ninja is acting like a 45-year old edgy teenager, but also because Lil2Hood is still hanging out with them. She is like the band who played until the Titanic disappeared below the water’s surface, but for dumb reasons in stead of honorable reasons. She will be there until the very last dollar, I guess. Even Yo-Landi’s friend, Kim Posibill (Roberts) seems to have bailed (temporary) already – she was all big mouth and insulting with her almost 5000 Facebook ‘friends’ over the last three years but it seems the wannabe gangster has now closed her once very public Facebook account and disappeared after she got mentioned only once on Edwin Costa’s  #GenerationRetard, as Ninja calls it: the episode of Zef TV is entitled Episode 5: You Said Anus #GenerationRetard – it is a veiled reference to Edwin’s Generation’s coverage of Die Antwoord:

See? Telling little meaningless anecdotes to whoever of Qgwa or Little2Hood is on hand to be on camera and react with admiration so that the admiration can be transferred onto the remaining Die Antwoord fans who are still sitting at their feet, listening to their little stories. My favorite part was where Ninja, the self-proclaimed Buddhist vegan, talks about how he stuffs a chicken in to a glass milk bottle to make a chicken-in-a-milk-bottle-bomb. But hey, eating the meat is apparently worse…

So with all these excuses taken into consideration for the cancellation of the US tour, why did Die Antwoord not cancel their gig in Brussels on the 25th of November, 2019? I mean, if they’re so busy, why spend all that time, money and energy to attend just one gig in the entire Europe? That’s three days fucked if you include a hectic travel schedule. Why make it part of the 2020 tour on the website? Maybe they count on Belgians not understanding the news or not reacting the same way the people in the States did? Or do Ninja and Yo-Landi need some pocket money for Christmas? Or some money to put into the South African Ninja movie?

Or maybe this is the reason for not cancelling Belgium:
From the venue’s description on Facebook:
“To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Ancienne Belgique, the legendary concert hall joins forces with art centre CENTRALE for contemporary art for the very first time. The two Brussels organisations welcome two figureheads of the universes of music and art: band Die Antwoord and photographer Roger Ballen, both based in South Africa”

Maybe Roger Ballen is stuck with them. I hope they split the remaining cash after expenses for this one gig between themselves and mister Ballen in a fair way. Building centres and making movies ain’t cheap…

Here is Edwin’s take on things:

Edwin has indicated in his video that he is taking a break from this whole Die Antwoord soapie until somewhere in October, probably November. There is still a lot to cover which I will get to in due course, as some people have reached out and sent more interesting stuff may way.
For past articles about Die Antwoord, follow this link.

 

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Restauranttoilette – Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos?

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Ons (griffin & chopper) se boek, Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Als Tos? word hierdie jaar (2019) teen Augustus se kant 11 jaar oud. Om dit te celebrate het ons besluit om alfabeties met die lys af te gaan en ‘n paar topics uit die boek te kies om weekliks hier op Watkykjy te publish, seinde dat ons die regte besit. Dis lekker kort stukkies wat jy op die kakhuis kan lees. Dink daaraan as jou klein zef kakhuisbybeltjie met pitkos vir elke dag… Wel, elke dag tot ons die boek se einde bereik.

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Jy het klaar gevreet el wat wat oorbly is die laaste paar drankies en Irish koffie voor jy die rekening plus tien persent aan die kelner, wat elke vyf minute kom vra het of alles nog orraait is, moet oorhandig. Maar eers moet jy die bruin beertjies gaan aflaai en jou handjies was.
Daar gekom, staan jy voor twee keuses: links of regs. Op die linkerkantse deur is daar een of ander moderne, gepoleerde staalfiguur wat so abstrak is dat jy nie kan uitmaak wat dit is nie, en op die regterkantse deur is daar een of ander moderne gepoleerde staalfiguur wat so abstrak is dat jy nie kan uitmaak wat dit is nie. Party plekke probeer snaaks wees soos om bordjies met “Onderwysers” en “Sonderwysers” op die deure aan te bring. Wat probeer hulle doen? Poog hulle om simpel mense in hulle broeke te laat pis? Wat het geword van gewone mannetjies en vroutjies?
Die enigste manier om vir seker te weet is om maar ‘n deur te kies en jou ding te gaan doen. As jy gelukkig is, is daar uninals waar jy langs iemand kan gaan staan en pielgroottes vergelyk. Dan weet jy ten minste jy’s in die regte plek. Of jy kan per ongeluk by die dames kamerverlaat inloop op ‘n vrou wat besig is om haar dogtertjie te help, en vir die res van die aand skuldig voel.
Aan alle restauranteienaars: Dis ‘n toilet, for fuck’s sake. Ek wil net pis, my rekening betaal en loop. Ek wil nie die keuse van ‘n halwe spoel of ‘n vol spoel vir strale op stywes hê nie. Hou ook asseblief die die plek skoon, maak seker julle deure kan in fact toemaak en hou hou maar die boudservette stock hoog. Ons werk met kos hier, ouens.

Is Dit Net Ek Of Is Al Tos is in 2008 geskryf en uitgegee en daar was so baie copies verkoop dat ons dit in 2009 laat herdruk het. All-in-all is daar nog net so 10 onverkoopte copies oor op aarde en ons sal teen Augustus se kant besluit wat om met hulle te maak. Kort antwoord – dis nie tans te koop nie.


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And the winner is… colour TV!

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Our top 10 weekly selection of DSTV Now | Showmax | YouTube | Netflix | Amazon Prime
It is really weird to think that Television used to be black and white and glitchy and it sounds terribly backwards but that is an era of which South Africa wasn’t really part of, except of course for the odd broadcast of the old imported movies from the overseas.

We sommer klapped colour straight from the get-go with the first broadcast on January 5, 1976. Which is fokken ironic because back in the day all the old apartheid dose could see, was black and white. When Neil Armstong landed on the moon in 1969, South Africa was one of the few countries unable to watch the event live because we had major assholes like Verwoerd and Hertzog. Not experiencing the moonlanding was kind of part of the last straw of gatvolness and feeling excluded from the rest of the world that got the ball rolling, albeit fokken slowly and met with resistance.

Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd for instance compared television with atomic bombs and poison gas, claiming that “they are modern things, but that does not mean they are desirable. The government has to watch for any dangers to the people, both spiritual and physical.” 

No fucking wonder we struggled to move forward. Another dickhead who cock-blocked the entire nation was Dr. Albert Hertzog, Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. Back then, in our modern terms, his title basically meant that he was the big boss of the Post Office who could also decide over the use of  SMSes, WhatsApp, data, DStv, the entire interweb and our precious porn. At the time he said that television would come to South Africa “over my dead body!” further tuning that it was “only a miniature bioscope which is being carried into the house and over which parents have no control.”

Jissis calm the fuck down, boet. Does this look gevaarlik to you, huh?

Thankfully South Africa caught up with the rest of the world and actually excelled at all aspects of television for quite some time until Hlaudi Motsoening gave the SABC the penis of death a few years back. But we need to look at the positives and the other players outside the state entering the ring – if it weren’t for the likes of M-Net/Multichoice and DStv we would have been completely fucked.

The same goes for streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and Showmax. Basically the interweb in general – it was our savior. Just go look at all the Emmy nominees and winners from the past week and go match them up with the streaming platforms for yourself. We have come very, very far.  It will be interesting to look back in twenty years from now to see how colour TV has evolved. For now it is still on our phones, TVs, cars, planes, tablets, PCs and wrist watches. What is next? An implant? ESP?  A pill up your ass?

Please don’t tell me it is a pill up my ass…

Get your fix of colour TV from
the Plumlist for our top 10 pick of the week to check what you can stream in South Africa, unless you’re planning on reversing over your internet with your bakkie as well…
#10 Life after dark in SAFTA-winning documentary Six to Six
Night after night, Taariq, Lungi and Pierre wait for people to die. They aren’t ghouls. They are three of the forensic pathology officers at one of Cape Town’s busiest morgues – Salt River Mortuary.
On Showmax
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 #9 Interview: Stroop filmmakers reveal the toll it took to tell this “true, raw rhino story”
Multi award-winning South African documentary Stroop: Journey into Rhino Horn War isn’t here to tell you what to do to save rhinos.
 On Showmax & DStv 
(read more)
#8 Seven Leon Schuster movies to watch online
He’s one of SA’s most successful filmmakers, and he’s a SAMA winner, too (thanks to his 1995 CD Hier Kom Die Bokke, which was the year’s top-selling album in SA). Now you can relive Schuster’s heyday with these movies available to stream on Showmax and DStv Now.
 On DStv Now & Showmax
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 #7 Proudly South African series and movies up for international awards
This week, at Jackson Wild, arguably the Oscars of the wildlife film world, Stroop is up for the Impact Award and South African Bonné de Bod is competing – against the likes of Dame Judi Dench – for the Best Presenter title.
On Showmax
(read more)
 #6 Streamin’ La Vida Loca: Jane the Virgin and more Latino TV shows
Broadcast from 2006 till 2010, the charming Ugly Betty brought an utterly engaging US Latina character to the small screen in the shape of geeky Betty Suarez, played by America Ferrera.
On DStv Now, Showmax & Netflix
(read more)
 #5 SA consumers vote for DStv Now as their fave streaming app
Paid Streaming Service was one of eight new categories included in this year’s survey, which is in its 21st year. South Africa’s consumers voted Netflix in at 3rd place, Showmax in at 2nd place, and DStv Now took 1st place.
On DStv Now 
(read more)
 #4 New mom? Watch these shows about the realness of motherhood
Welcome to motherhood. You’ve survived everything that pregnancy could throw at you and have welcomed a shiny new little human into the world.
 On Netflix & Showmax
(read more)
 #3 Your ultimate comfort TV watchlist
A well-curated watch list is a thing of beauty. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has an algorithm-defying selection of top notch – Plum Picks, if you will – series and movies on all my platforms.
On All streaming platforms
(read more)
 #2 How this Emmy-nominated show won critics over with one weird choice
PEN15, one of two first-time Emmy nominees for Outstanding Comedy Writing in 2019, is now streaming on Showmax. PEN15 follows 13-year-old besties Maya and Anna as they navigate – and try to survive
 On Showmax
(read more)
 #1 The biggest winners at the 2019 Emmy Awards and where to find them
When you’re passionate about television, it’s impossible to remain neutral when it comes to the Emmys (or any awards for that matter). Your bias towards your favourite shows will have you hissing and booing if they don’t win; the opposite is also true.
On Amazon Prime, Netflix & Showmax
(read more)

Our randomized trailer pick of the week

Each week we take a number from 1 to 10 from our list of suggestions and put it through a randomizer to choose a trailer to show you. This week it landed on our number 9 spot, Stroop:

The South African feature documentary STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War is an independently made film about the rhino poaching crisis – released in 2018. Expect unique footage – from the killing fields of the Kruger Park to bush town courtrooms and the dingy back rooms of Vietnamese wildlife traffickers. This multiple award-winning documentary about Rhino Poaching will take you to from the poachers to the buyers.

You’re going to shed a lot of tears, but it necessary to watch this doccie. Everybody in South Africa should see it:

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