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Die Antwoord Reveals New Video “I Fink U Freeky” Directed by Roger Ballen

Roger Ballen and Die Antwoord

DorpsThe creative partnership between Die Antwoord and photographer Roger Ballen has just gotten “freekier”. It turns out that the photograph Ballen took of Die Antwoord, subsequently shared on their Facebook page to over 3000 “likes”, was just a teaser.

Fans of the collaboration were delighted to discover, late last night, that the official music video for “I Fink U Freeky”, off Die Antwoord’s new album, TEN$ION, is directed by Ballen himself. Number of “likes”? 4,174 at the last count.

The video is very much in keeping with Ballen’s style (see his photographic collection, Dorps). It is shot entirely in black and white and describes the disturbing margins of “otherness”.

Roger Ballen and Die AntwoordRoger Ballen and Die Antwoord

Yo-Landi spends most of her time in a bath or surrounded by rats, while Ninja alternates sitting sedately on a chair with epileptic dancing. There are a range of other strange characters who appear in the video, interspersed with contrasting references to traditional Xhosa culture and Afrikaans domestic “gothic”.

Roger Ballen and Die AntwoordRoger Ballen and Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord and Roger BallenDie Antwoord and Roger Ballen

Warning: Those not acclimatised to Ninja’s high-octane “Zefness”, avert your eyes:

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Recent comments:

  • Joyce_Ntabe
    February 2nd, 2012 @04:39 #

    BTW, I thought you guys would at least catch these lines:

    “Ek’s ‘n lanie, jy’s ‘n gam/want jy lam in die mang/met jou slang in ‘n man”

    There's a dose of offensive racial epithet ('gam') and homophobia passing as art.


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