Die Antwoord Delights at SF Noise Pop

South African hip-hop trio Die Antwoord amazed sold-out crowd.

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South African "Zef" group Die Antwoord visited San Francisco for the second night of Noise Pop 2012.
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South African "Zef" group Die Antwoord visited San Francisco for the second night of Noise Pop 2012.
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Ninja was in full effect, jumping around on stage, and off of it.
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Yo-landi Visser, a tiny, hard edge elfan looking creature somewhat similar to Bjork, who raps with a high-pitch delivery, was mesmerizing.
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When Die Antwoord played in SF in October of 2010, Ninja said DJ HI-TEK doesn't like to tour for fear of flights, so his cousin was there in his place. This time, no mention was made that this might not be DJ HI-TEK. Photos of what seems to be the real DJ HI-TEK show a "husky" fellow, where this guy was super buff. Either way, behind the mask it didn't really matter, the beats were there and that's what really mattered.
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The trio came out dressed in bright orange day-glow sweat suits for the first song.
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Yo-Landi Visser, black eyes and all.
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Ninja with the pelvic dangle bounce.
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The show was completely sold out, with zero tickets left for sale on Stubhub the day of the show, something I've never seen before.
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Die Antwoord had the sold-out Regency Ballroom in SF jumping up and down, dancing like crazy through the whole show.
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This is the look Ninja makes just before he stage dives. Kind of a possessed, deer in the headlights thing.
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And there he goes! This was one of many times Ninja went airborne.
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Ninja getting close to the people.
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Ninja having a seat.
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You can see the people in the upper deck all standing up rocking out. Both the die-hard fans, and those who'd never hear the band before, all agreed that Die Antwoord puts on a great show!
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Post show speculation swirled imagining where Die Antwoord would play next time they come through town, with this totally sold-out show in a much bigger venue now in their rear view.
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Die Antwoord just released their second album earlier in February called Tension.
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The group played songs off of Tension, and their first release, $O$.
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Other artists playing the 2012 Noise Pop include Sleigh Bells who will be at The Regency Ballroom Thursday night.
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Yo-Landi and (perhaps) DJ HI-TEK
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Die Antwoord are a hip-hop techno group from South Africa that became known to many via their wildly unique music videos on Youtube and their own website.
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If you have never seen one of their videos, you should pause this, and check it out now! However, many are not safe for work, fyi.
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After the Tuesday night performance, I decided my new favorite female musician is Yo-Landi.
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Earlier on Wednesday, Ninja did live graffiti inside Upper Playground's SF gallery.
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After Ninja's graffiti painting inside Upper Playground, Yo-Landi and Ninja did an Evil Boy Toy signing, according to their website and facebook page.
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If you need to know the time, Yo-Landi is the one to ask, as she sports three different timepieces on each arm.
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I've found Die Antwoord to be very polarizing, with people either loving or hating them.
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With many polarizing bands, those that are into them, are VERY into them.
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Thursday night, February 23, Die Antwoord will perform on Jimmy Kimmel's show.
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No set date for the return of Die Antwoord to the Bay Area, but hopefully it won't be too long.
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Die Antwoord performed at the Regency Ballroom for Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary year, 2012.
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Die Antwoord performed at the Regency Ballroom for Noise Pop's 20th Anniversary year, 2012.
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Yo-Landi in her "Rich Bitch" getup.
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Ninja baptism
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The bands played selections off of their new album Tension, as well as tracks off of their debut $O$.
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Classic Ninja pose.
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Yo-Landi looking super sexy!
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Ninja plugs his nose.
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Thanks Die Antwoord for bringing what was, in my humble opinion, the greatest Bay Area show of 2012... so far.
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After the show, a Ninja look-a-like hung out by the backstage door and band bus, fooling some, then just himself.
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Bay Area resident Keyan Shane (right) kept up the charade of being Ninja for at least an hour after the show, posing for photos and getting quite a following of onlookers.
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Some speculation still swirls around Die Antwoord and the possibility of Ninja and Yo-Landi just being characters. Keyan Shane (center in boxers) playing Ninja after the show seemed like a perfect homage to his hero, with a performance art piece that was, at times, captivating. "When Ninja does a stage dive, I step in for him," Shane told me when I tried to find out if he has done this before.
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