A few weeks ago, I mentioned on Twitter that it felt surreal to hear Die Antwood’s Enter the Ninja on high rotation in the UK. Well, in a very short time, the track has entered the BBC Radio 1 Chart at Number 37 – alongside Eminem and Katy Perry. That’s no mean feat. But then again, it’s not like we should have expected anything less from the group that seems to be fast becoming everyone’s favourite group du jour. As this article by the fantastic Diane Coetzer relates there is just no stopping Yo-landi Vi$$er, Ninja and DJ HiTek, as they conquer the world’s music territories, one by one.
In a telephonic tete-a-tete with Yo-landi, she says they weren’t even aware that they were in the chart. “We don’t even know what the chart is,” she said.
“But it sounds important,” adds Ninja.
They’ve been working on the new music video for the track Evil Boy with a Xhosa emcee called Wanga, whom Ninja says brings a “fresh twist” to things. And they’re keeping mum on upcoming videos they are working on but I have a feeling at least one of the heroes he speaks about meeting is involved.
Here’s the interview – where Yo-landi and Ninja talk about officially releasing their debut album, which has a “cute cover that you can stick up on the wall”, and the 23 Die Antwoord tracks that are “floating around.”