Yesterday, a slew of publications (including us) mistakenly reported that South African duo Die Antwoord were breaking up, following an interview with Exclaim! in which reporter Daryl Keating “broke” the news. The article claimed the Die Antwoord was planning on splitting up in September 2017 after presenting an exhibition at Cape Town’s Museum of Contemporary Modern Art Africa and putting out a feature film that documents the duo’s history.
Not long after the news quickly circulated on the web, Yolandi Visser took to her Instagram to address the false rumor and posted a photo of a note that begins “DIE ANTWOORD IS NOT BREAKING UP.” She claims the journalist took their words out of context and confirms only that Die Antwoord is working on their final fifth album and the film.
Ninja also weighed in, confirming that he and Yolandi will never stop making music and art together. The confusion, it seems, was in the phrasing. Ninja says there will only be five “classic” Die Antwoord albums in total (something which Exclaim! also reported back in 2010), but the two will always create music and art together once they complete those albums (and yes, even tour and do live Die Antwoord shows).
yo. we not never gon stop making music, and art and videos and moviez ever... and we alwayz gonna be poppin up fresh in da flesh 2 bust live DA showz here and dere... but only 5 classic muddafukn DA albumz gon get made in dis life time... den we fuck wid sum udda shit... and u lil fuckers shud stop crying and maybe fuck wid sum udda shit 2... its not just us who got brainz and bodiez and voices and dreamz... u lil motherfuckerz better pull yor fingerz out yor asses, get off yor fonez, make sum sick ass shit, and blow da fuk up too entertain us! make sum fukm noise! fuck it! if not why not???... me and @prawn_star and @djhitekisgod and @djmuggs_the_black_goat_ got a WHOLE lotta secret juicy stuffs cookin in da oven... so dont worry angel bumz... u wont be sorry 4 long!!!! cherish every breath! go hard or go 2 church! da world iz yorz! dafuq u waitin 4? lets get it! yolo muddafukkkaz!!! mount ninji says: energy cannot be destroyed, only transferred... ZEF 2 DEATH bitches foto from V magazine by Inez + Vinoodh #7moresleepiestillMOUNTNINJI&DANICETIMEKIDcum2play
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Despite the breakup claims being incorrect, several reputable magazines like Billboard and Entertainment Weekly picked up on the news, making it even more viral. While we hate that poor reporting has spread false rumors about the duo’s future, we’re glad to hear that Die Antwoord is sticking around, whatever form that takes on, and will be staying weird for more time to come.