Worldtown Hearsay :: Is Die Antwoord blackface?
Spotted via Africa is a Country: Die Antwoord - a trio from South Africa that happens to be the hipster obsession du jour, has previously been referred to as a “wild and savage rap group from the deep, dark, depths of Africa”. So, I think they represent a good focal point at looking at how music ‘from other parts’ are framed in the media of the North:
First world hipster bloggers and music websites (with foreign correspondents’ not far behind) are besides themselves about South African performers, Die Antwoord. Linking to them. Talking about their style. Good for them and Die Antwoord. However, as Richard Poplak, another booster for the Die Antwoord, had to concede recently: “… Die Antwoord are exotic, furious, and, most importantly, new. But what their lyrics mean — or what they stand for precisely — no one in Brooklyn or Paris or São Paulo can say.”