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Die Antwoord Will Perform In Israel Amidst Cultural Boycott

Not that it's unexpected from the duo.

Controversial South African hip-hop trio Die Antwoord will be performing in Israel this August. This while there is a cultural boycott over Israel.

After internationally recognized South African DJ Black Coffee received backlash for performing in Palestine in April, South Africa's ruling party, the ANC called for a cultural boycott.


"We call on all artists to have an appreciation of the role played by the international anti-apartheid solidarity movement in the successful international isolation of apartheid South Africa," said Lindiwe Zulu, the Chairperson of the ANC's International Relations Committee.

"The people of Palestine are in a just cause for self determination and we urge our artists not to form part of the normalization of Israeli's suppression of the Palestinian people in their quest for self determination and statehood that mirrors our very own struggle.

"The South African artistic community, having themselves experienced discrimination and oppression, must therefore continue to pledge solidarity with others who are oppressed."

Black Coffee after the backlash said he wasn't aware of the Israeli-Palestine conflict. He went on to tweet: "Like everyone else I have rights and free will and, no, Black Coffee is not a political party. I work as an entertainer to feed my family. I will take a bullet for my family."

So for Die Antwoord to go ahead and perform in Israel is insensitive. Not that it's unexpected from a crew that has thrived off of appropriation of Cape Coloured culture and has been defensive when called out.

This will also not be the first time the duo gets to perform in Israel. They ignored pleas to cancel their performance and went on to perform in Israel in 2016.

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