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Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid review – cartoonish cabaret | Musique Non Stop

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Die Antwoord: Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid review – cartoonish cabaret

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When South African trio Die Antwoord crotch-thrusted onto the world stage in 2009 with their trashy zef rap-rave, there was nothing else like it. Trailer-park rap, gross-out humour and skeletal baile funk-ish beats: Ninja, Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek were baffling, brilliant and divisive. But in the years since, their is it/isn’t it ironic freakery has, by their fourth album, turned into mere cartoonish cabaret. Shit Just Got Real’s oom-pah-pah, bedtime story-style interludes, a feature from vampy burlesquer Dita Von Teese and choirboy choruses amp up the sense of a nightmarish Oliver Twist. And there are the customary puerile shockers, delivered with a wicked, lip-licking smile: braggadocio-rap like Wings on My Penis sung by a young boy; the track Jonah Hill, which is interrupted by a discussion about whether it “sounds gay”; a song about rats (with the actor Jack Black going full Fagin). Overblown circus shtick coupled with power-EDM and unimaginative trap? Unsurprisingly, quite the horrorshow.

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