The Book of Zef

So there's some good news and some bad news...

The good: South African alt-rap duo Die Antwoord have announced their new album The Book Of Zef. The bad? The record will be the group's final LP (though Yolandi Visser insists that they won't be breaking up).

(Photo: Die Antwoord/Facebook)
(Photo: Die Antwoord/Facebook)
Initially formed back in 2008, Die Antwoord have been fairly prolific over the last 9 years, releasing four full albums, a handful of EPs and a mixtape. Their grimy sound and theatrical personas have garnered them international acclaim and a robust global fanbase.

The Book Of Zef is the follow up record to Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid, which dropped in late 2016. According to Exclaim! magazine, Die Antwoord's Ninja claimed that the band would call it quits after the forthcoming record, apparently due in September of 2017:

“Die Antwoord dies on that day. It’s all over. I feel beautiful about it. I’m not scared of the end. I’m a Ninja. I'm not scared of death.”
Yolandi was quick to correct the record, claiming that the magazine “...twisted our words and took what we said completely out of context.”

(Photo: Die Antwoord/Facebook)
(Photo: Die Antwoord/Facebook)
Addressing Ninja's (apparently misconstrued) comments, Yolandi clarified the situation and quashed any rumors of the group's demise:

“All we said was next year we will be working on our 5th final DA album & then continue to shoot a DA feature film. DIE ANTWOORD FOR EVA.”
After appearing in Neill Blomkamp's film Chappie, it seems Die Antwoord have acquired a taste for the big screen.

After releasing The Book Of Zef, the group will turn their attention to working on a "South African gangster film" that Ninja has indicated will be titled South African Ninja. In the same interview with Exclaim!, he said:

“It’s a South African gangster film that has African ninjas in it.

Everything in the film is fictitious, like a regular movie, but it's hard and raw, and everything has some parallel to our lives, so it's got a surreal connection to everything.”
Given the group's well documented grotesque aesthetic, that sounds like it could be quite the interesting movie theater experience, to say the least.


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