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The Okayplayer Fam Discusses Die Antwoord

The Okayplayer Fam talks about the Die Antwoord "Fatty Boom Boom" video.


When South African rap/rave duo Die Antwoord released their latest video for "Fatty Boom Boom" from their album TEN$ION yesterday, the Okayplayer office was abuzz (for like 3 minutes) with comments on DA's ever-expanding catalogue of absurdities. Read our opinions on Yolandi's blackface and Lady Gaga's grotesque gyno visit below, then watch the Die Antwoord "Fatty Boom Boom" video at your own discretion.

V: Don't get too close to the screen…wow.

A: They've finally taken their ripped-off colored South African personas to a whole new level: actual blackface.

B: Watching now.... is that Nicki Minaj and Akon on the wall sh*tting on the Black Eyed Peas?

A: They always comment on how no one outside of South Africa knows much about the country except for Zulus, Nelson Mandela and Die Antwoord. This could be a comment on that - everything exhibited in hyperbole in typical DA style. But they may have taken the race thing too far, considering how much they've already capitalized on a marginalized culture (they acknowledge it themselves: "GOT A OFFSHORE ACCOUNT FOR DA DOLLAR BILLZ DAT I STACK")

K: To me it's a fairly typical Die Antwoord shock-video centered around misconceptions of SA culture, they're just trying to push things further cause they don't get the amount of play they first received — hence the blackface and prawn abortion (which doesn't have any other purpose than pure shock value as far as I can tell)

D: That's kind of amazing.

K: The Gaga things is she asked them to play with her in SA and they declined calling her a "bad Madonna rehash." (Gaga's playing South Africa late Nov/ early Oct).

B: Does okayplayer even care about Die Antwoord?

V: If they poop on Black Eyed Peas? Yes.

N: Boo to the whole thing. blackface should be outlawed. I think its outrageous for the sake of being outrageous. The story doesn't really mean anything to me and Busta Rhymes old videos were better. Also I don't really dig the song. #opinionofahater #putyourhandswheremyeyescansee

B: I'm in total agreement.

A: Someone just tweeted at Okayafrica: "why are we paying attention to Die Antwoord again?"

I vacillate between admiring their artful achievements (this video aside) and agreeing with @Congogirl's question above.

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Interview: Terri Is Stepping Out of the Shadows

We talk to the Wizkid-signed artist about the story behind the massive hit "Soco" and his latest Afro Series EP.

Certain afrobeats songs have made in-roads in international markets and paved the way for the genre's ceaselessly-rising widespread recognition. Among these history-defining songs were D'banj's "Oliver Twist," Tekno's "Pana," Davido's "If" & "Fall," Runtown's "Mad Over You," and of course, Wizkid's "Soco." Wizkid released "Soco" under his label imprint, Starboy Entertainment in March 2018, and the song spread like wildfire across Africa and beyond. "Soco" was an Afro-pop wonder delivered at a time when the 'afrobeats to the world' movement was gathering steam, further cementing its electric nature. The Northboi-produced song was co-signed by celebrities across the world like Rihanna, Cardi B, and Paul Pogba and has accrued well over a hundred million streams across streaming platforms worldwide.

"Soco" was not only a trailblazer amongst mid-2010s afrobeats records, it was also the introduction of the first Wizkid-signed artist, Terri. Just weeks before "Soco" was released, Terri was discovered by Wizkid's longtime producer, Mutay, who saw him covering the song "Oshe" on social media.

Before "Soco," Terri Akewe was well on his way to fame. At fifteen, he had performed at street carnivals in his neighbourhood and, one time, was carried all the way home by neighbours after winning a Coca-Cola sponsored singing competition. Before his life-changing meeting with Wizkid, Terri had a seven-track EP ready for release, as well as a viral song titled "Voices." "One time I was on set with the video director T.G Omori, he told me that 'Voices' was the first time he heard of me" Terri tells me as we settle on a plush couch at his home in Lagos.

Regardless of Terri's initial career trajectory; signing to a label headed by afrobeats' biggest superstar was bound to accelerate his musical journey, and at the same time, cast a huge shadow of expectation on his career, especially given a debut as spectacular as "Soco." With his latest EP, Afro Series, powered by the sensational single "Ojoro," one thing is clear: Terri is stepping out of the shadows into his own spotlight and he is doing it on his own terms.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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