My girlfriend and I arrive in Cape Town. It’s the middle of December and there's a mountain to climb, beaches to visit and a complex culture to try and understand. Die Antwoord put up an Instagram post. They're playing a secret show in Cape Town. Jesus Christ. This could be huge. We could die in a mosh-pit, we could be in the thick of insanity. Here's what I learned.
Tickets in South Africa are damn cheap.
For a secret show in the city they were formed in, I thought we might be priced out of it. Considering it was for one of South Africa's best known artists, things could get expensive quickly. Not at all.
The show started at 7pm and ran until 2am with dj's and a live performance from Moonshine before the headline act made an appearance. With tickets costing 195 rand (about 12 euro), quick maths tells me that you're paying roughly 1.70 euro an hour to be entertained. That’s ridiculous. The dj's before were talented jockeys, too. We saw Slowthai in Cape Town the week before for about 15 euro per person. South Africa seems to be the land of cheap tickets, and some other things we won't address in this post..
The Cape Town crowd is surprisingly weak.
When I saw Slowthai, I was slightly puzzled at the fact that the mosh wasn't the size of a small nation. It was present, but relatively compact. I can understand that, though, with Slowthai being a small name in a very foreign land. Die Antwoord? This is their home. A home that boasts the highest murder rates in South Africa, along with numerous other statistics no city would want to have.
Instead it was laughable.
I spent my time jumping with a forty year old man to Baby's on Fire. Straight-fringed, floral shirt wearing and black boot sporting millennials of both genders paraded the venue. It was a fashion show compared to a rave.
I'm not saying that these weren't die hard fans, but I think I expected a more hostile, high energy crowd of crazy characters. Again, the vibe was great. I just painted a completely different picture of what the crowd would be.
They've still got it.
Let's face it, Ninja is forty four years old. We're listening to a dad rapping incredibly questionable lyrics, but he still pulls it off. I saw them three years ago in Belgium but wasn't so impressed with their albums that proceeded after. I actually thought he was getting lame.
He changed my opinion after seeing him live again. Insane energy for any age, never mind mid forties, and had great crowd control; not that they were too rowdy in the first place. He was super cool up there and must have stage dived about six times at least. The most prominent one being for their encore of ‘Enter the Ninja’, which was the same encore track used three years ago in Belgium.
Yolandi still rocks that high fashion haircut that the crowd desperately tried to recreate, but pulls it off the best. Jumping around on stage, piercing my ears with her high pitched vocals, she'll never get old to me. What a freakishly attractive woman, and the key figure in the duo. The girl can rap, and does so over the tracks the behemoth of a man that is DJ Hi-Tek produces.
Die Antwoord are still as good as they were three years ago. I can't see them slowing down for many years yet, and they also have some serious unreleased songs that they played. It was a great concert, but I wanted more from the crowd. I think Europe might actually go harder just because they feel like they might not get the chance to see Die Antwoord again. I'm not sure.
If you get the chance to see them, I'd recommend it. Bring your friends and be prepared to act as the catalyst to get the crowd moving.