Parody or Performance Art? Whatever It Is, Die Antwoord Does It Right

Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, September 28

DIE ANTWOORD performs at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas_Stevens_3

Photo by Chase Steven

Regardless of intention, controversial South African rap-rave trio Die Antwoord takes its act seriously. Or at the very least, these guys are committed. Their live show had all the elements of a pop concert—with a dark, anti-pop twist. The stage featured freakish visuals and an epileptic light show. Backup dancers twerked in various colors of ski masks. The performers went through multiple wardrobe changes, from bright pink jumpsuits and gold lamé getups to rapper/singer Yo-Landi Vi$$er bouncing around in booty shorts and rapper Ninja dick-slanging in his boxers. Absurdities aside, what truly defined the show was its energy. The pulsing electro-rap production had the frenzied audience jumping to favorites “I Fink U Freeky,” “Cookie Thumper” and “Fatty Boom Boom,” even if we don’t always understand their blend of English and Afrikaans. Possibly under the influence of drugs or, perhaps, themselves, Ninja and Yo-Landi didn’t stop moving, either. ★★★★✩

Photos by Chase Stevens

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