Die AntwoordIf you are a happy mutant (i.e. a daily reader of BoingBoing.net), you'll have experienced the awesomely bizarre, funky, danceable beats of Die Antwoord. Ninja (Waddy Jones) and Yo-Landi, who sing and rap in both English and Afrikaans, have become a literal Internet sensation since being exposed to the world on BB via photographer Clayton Cubitt. Their videos are equally visually striking, especially "Enter the Ninja," which was co-directed by Rob Malpage (who was a cinematographer on the direct-to-video Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove, which stars Beau Bridges and Bindi Irwin).

Now that Die Antwoord are taking over, they've signed with Interscope and told Xeni Jardin exclusively that they are working on a film (no word if it's a doc or feature) and their next music video will be directed by fellow South African, District 9's Neill Blomkamp. They also met up with with David Lynch while they were in Los Angeles earlier in March; Ninja credits Lynch's Twin Peaks character Dale Cooper with inspiring the rapper to quit smoking weed.

The band told BB:
"Ninja called David [Lynch] 'Dad'. David said, 'You turned out alright son.' David also said, 'I was a bit worried about you for a while there, but you turned out alright.' Ninja said, 'I'm a lucky duck.' David said, 'You're a good guy.'"
When Die Antwoord's videos started "taking over the interweb," as their site's tagline says, no one knew if they were for real or not. NME posited DA is a more high-concept version of previous comedy/music/video projects by Jones, referring to him as "The District 9 Ali G." As for me, I agree with all the other writers online who insist, fake or not, they're still one of the most interesting things to come along in a while. (See also Pitchfork, New York Magazine, and Brooklyn Vegan.)

After the jump, check out their video for "Enter the Ninja." Would you watch a two-hour film about them? I'd love to see Die Antwoord collaborate with their fellow futuristic South African, Neill Blomkamp, or David Lynch, or any of their other sci-fi samurai inspirations.

(Photo by Sean Metelerkamp)
categories Cinematical