“Who are they?” asked an online platform after coming across the first photos I took (Secret Chamber) of Die Antwoord in May 2009. And I replied:
“Main dude is Ninja and his girl Yo-landi Visser.
They make zef rap rave tunes.
He kept saying ‘they is going worldwide’ and ‘Die fokken Antwoord are gonna blow’.
I just took the pictures.
He brought some friends along.
Ninja is like a commander. He knows what he wants and has a clear vision. Was good to work with.
Told me that soon they will be having the biggest rap rave jol in the world. Something about a pyramid of light. I don’t know.
He believes that with my photos and their songs, using the ‘interweb’, they are ‘gonna go worldwide’ and become ‘super famous.’
I believe it.
I will work with them again.”
Ten months later, in February 2010, Die Antwoord did blow up worldwide.
These photos, captured over a ten month period from May 2009 to February 2010, are snapshots in various situations and settings ultimately leading to me understanding their world and to making the Zef Side video, which was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York as part of the Youtube Play.
Zef Side, 2009
Directed & Produced by: Sean Metelerkamp
Cinematography by: Caleb Heymann
DIT: Natasja Fourie
Edited & Colour correction by: Eben Smal
Makeup by: Michelle Kuruc
Helper: John Second, Moolman de la Harpe