Showing posts with label Afrikaner. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Afrikaner. Show all posts

Friday, August 31, 2012

South Africa's Great Advertising [Creative] Divide

Over @ the Daily Maverick, Mandy de Waal has a much discussed piece about South Africa’s extremely white advertising industry, and why she thinks it continues as "a colonial enclave where racial polarisation is rife and the best profits are being creamed by a handful of foreign-owned advertising companies." But it is the quote from the Association of Black Communications Practitioners' spokesperson, Taelo Immanuel, that sets up the video clip below:
 For the most part, Immanuel explained, black creatives have to deal with white creative directors who just can’t get where they’re coming from. “I’ve been a creative director at a big agency. I was at TBWA,” said Immanuel, adding that most of his peers echo his sentiments about this “creative divide”. “There’s a white creative director and a black team, and when they try and talk to each other there’s that chasm because of their respective upbringing. The references are vastly different. As a result there’s a cult of viewing life in an American way through hip hop, movies and music videos,” said Immanuel, who maintained that because of this the advertising mirror that reflects black culture back to South Africans is warped. What we’re seeing isn’t a true reflection of real South African life, but a perversion of its peoples and culture. “In terms of advertising work that speaks to your everyday black South African—say, for instance, my own parents—it is very difficult to find creative work like that. You just don’t get work that has real insight into the South African condition. Instead agencies and brands go to film, and there are black people singing and dancing and they slap in whatever product they want to sell,” said Immanuel. 
One of those American references for white South Africans Immanuel was referring to above was the Cosby Show. Watch the first 3 mins of the 2009 interview with South African director Gavin Hood to get an idea of how huge, for white South Africans, the Huxtables were and the gratitude owed to Bill Cosby.

Friday, August 5, 2011

South Africa: The Revolution will be Embedded



Bodies Of Water - Wrestlerish. Album: "Towns" 2011.

Lead singer: Werner Olckers
Genre: Bushveld introspection

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

South Africa: Leon Botha - R.I.P

Over at Boing Boing, Ninja and Yolandi remember Die Antwoord member, Leon Botha, who died Sunday of complications from progeria. At the age of 26, he was said to be one of the longest-living persons diagnosed with the rare disease.



Excerpt:
After these 1st zef rap-rave jols Leon became an official member of DIE ANTWOORD family. When we took DIE ANTWOORD'S 1st official band phots and we asked Leon to be in the photos also. These 2 photos are entitled IMMORTAL and SKERRY, GERRY, BABBY ZINA. This shoot was directed by Ninja, and features graffiti based on the work of Roger Ballen. Camera operator: Sean Meteleklamp. DIE ANTWOORD'S shared Leon Botha's love for rap, martial arts and transcendental stuff. Our mutual love for these things lead to the creation of the ENTER THE NINJA music video which Ninja directed. When we told Leon the idea for the video he loved it and said he would dig to be in the video with us. We made the video ourselves with no outside help, just a lot of blood, sweat, tears and favours! Soon after this the ENTER THE NINJA video blew up real big in the overseas with over 30 million hits (combined views) on the interweb.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

South Africa: Ad Love



We've been told that to fully appreciate the new brandy ad below, we should watch the one prior since its building on a theme and a variation in the final lines of dialogue spoken in Afrikaans.



The folks at 10 and 5 explain what “Ngena” means.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

South Africa: Korine and the Antwoord



Indy director Harmony Korine + Die Antwoord = Umshini Wam.  Perfect collision of two kinds of white rural angst. Plus Ninja and Yolandi as trigger happy, homicidal rabbits pay hommage to all those bunny ears in Gummo:


H/T:myWeku

Thursday, March 10, 2011

South Africa: Fokken With Malema - Zef Style


In case you missed comrade Malema's brief, but friggin' zef lol cameo in Die Antwoord's new video, no qualms - we got you covered:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thursday, December 2, 2010

South Africa: Botes' Glass of Water and the "Black Man"

Zukiswa Wanner reacts to Afrikaner novelist Annelie Botes' quotes in the now scandalous Mail and Guardian interview about how "..in my daily life, there's no one else that I feel threatened by except black people" and that she'd, "...have no problem inviting [a white, colored or Indian man] in for a glass of water... but I would feel threatened by a black man," by pointing out that:
Surprisingly, Botes won the K Sello Duiker Award for literature. Not only is the award named after a dead male black writer, but she accepted it given her thoughts and feelings on black men: "I don't have the means to get my head around that of a black man," she is quoted as saying in M&G, "I can't understand that. As a writer, I write what I see, what I experience.
But there's the part where she's, "...planning to emigrate to Britain, where her children already live, as soon her husband goes on a pension" and shes admits, "... 'Here in Port Elizabeth, I wouldn't go to a deserted beach alone. It's simply too dangerous. The English villages where my kids live don't even have streetlights and I would walk there in the middle of the night without fear.'" But wasn't CNN just talking to a bunch of white South Africans in Britian, who fled post-apatheid unrest but sensing the turning tide are now coming back home - or to Cape Town at least:

Thursday, October 28, 2010

South Africa: The Revolution will be Embedded



Tale of Three Cities - Bittereinder. featuring Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane. Album: n Ware Verhaal (A True Story).

For the Afrikaans impaired, Running Wolf explains:
Bittereinder was formed early in 2009 when Jaco van der Merwe approached Peach van Pletzen and Louis Minnaar about his desire to start an Afrikaans rap project. A Tale of Three Cities features Afrikaans rapper Jack Parow and Tumi Molekane (lead singer of Tumi & The Volume). The song beams out streetwise references to Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town. There is no doubt in my mind that this song is absolute poetry (and I’m sure residents of the 3 mentioned cities will agree). Being a Pretoria resident for the last 14 years I especially love the Pretoria segment of this song. References to Nile Crocodile, Tings ‘n Times, Burnett Street, Tuks FM and other essential Pretoria landmarks and places & things of interest conjures up memories of good times in the past and is also a reminder of how awesome the city I live in is.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

South Africa/ Georgia: Myths that Bind



Government of former Soviet republic Georgia is offering 88 thousand hectares of cheap land to the highly skilled Afrikaner farmers in a bid to boost its economy.

Both sides even have a nice story on which to build the myth of South African-Georgian cooperation - that of a Georgian nobleman who fought on the side of Afrikaners against the British during the Boar war.

Friday, October 22, 2010

South Africa: Friggin' Zef, Cont'd



On Wednesday Die Antwoord visited mainstream, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Richard Rushfield's article over at the Daily Beast, which  looks at the phenomenon so far, isn't a bad read. It addresses the recent You-Tube ban of the original "Evil Boy" video and whether or not all this friggin' Zef is real, fake or semi fake:
The dark themes of the videos proved to be the straw that broke YouTube’s back. The video portal which has gained its following as a wide-open, unpoliced, Wild West of uploaded content, this week yanked Die Antwoord’s most recent effort off their site. The video for a rendition of the song “Evil Boy” features not only Yolandi dancing in a suit seemingly made of rats, the aforementioned copious erections and penile imagery but an 18-year-old street kid rapping about fending off homosexual advances. (“I don’t want to go to the bush with you/Don’t touch my penis/This penis is for girls.”) If nothing else, Die Antwoord’s legacy will be having defined YouTube’s limits....Die Antwoord’s fame has inspired a webful of accusations that the band’s personas are fakes. The trio, it was noted, were known to have been in previous bands in which few affectations of the white trash style were to be found. Even worse, it was whispered, in the ultimate cred-destroying rumor, they had been art students. The band’s over-the-top violence, the Zef style and the martial arts/Zen religio-babble were all a Spinal Tap-like satire of contemporary rap. In fact, they are semi-open fakes; Vi$$er and Ninja are a married couple, with children and formal education between them. When asked in a recent interview “Is it fake?” Ninja talked about creating his past personas saying, “Two seconds later you’re fucking bored and you’re on to the next. Die Antwoord was like, Oh fuck, this is the fucking one. This is the shit that is like to death do us part.” More.

Friday, October 8, 2010

South Africa: Friggin' Zef, Cont'd



Die Antwoord's Evil Boy featuring Wanga and Diplo.

Die Antwoord introduces Bjork to Freud. And if the video and its subtilted Afrikaans lyrics don't drop your jaw, this Zef poster over at Generation Bass will. According to Xeni over at Boing, the video is really about the fear of ritual circumcision. Go figure.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Monday, July 19, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

South Africa: "Poverty Doesn't Care About Color", Cont'd

Kerri Macdonald at NYT's Lens discusses a longer gallery of Reuters photojournalist Finbarr O’Reilly's pictures, which highlight the plight of South Africa's poor Afrikaner populations. O'Reilly:
The story has rarely been told. But it has been on his radar since a 1994 backpacking trip through Africa, when he noticed a number of poor white South Africans begging for change at traffic lights. "I started asking around and saying, ‘What’s going on here?’" Mr. O’Reilly said over the phone from Dakar, Senegal, where he’s based. "It’s not a new phenomenon, but the numbers seem to be more apparent than they were in the past."
The pics appear to be of Afrikaners in Coronation Park, Krugersdorp. A week or so before the Terre'Blanche debacle, TimesLive cameras followed Jacob Zuma to the Afrikaner community at Bethlehem informal settlement in Pretoria West - here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

South Africa: Marketing to a Black Post-Apartheid World



A fascinating Aljazeera Witness report that uses the "Soweto Beach Party" to look at how savvy entrepreneurs are making a business out of re-calibrating white investment dollars and marketing its products to the needs of black demand in post-apartheid Soweto. After watching the 2 minds behind the Soweto beach party at work, their reported "uncanny" understanding of the post-apartheid market place reminds me of the guys from this old Ford ad:

Thursday, June 10, 2010

South Africa/ United States: Die Artwoord in the Land of Swag



lol - a pic of Ninja's frown as he surveys the sheer amount of stuff he could pick from, should go in the thesaurus under "Consumerism - American style."

Thursday, May 6, 2010

South Africa: Die Antwoord - $O$ and Afrikaner Underdogs

Boing Boing put up some promotionl material for Die Ant-Hards...



... the whole ad is a condensed 11 hr shoot of Ninja getting a big ass tatoo of the title of the group's debut joint etched into his back. Watching it, I was amazed Ninja had that much blank space left on his body.

In the meantime, BBC's Deborah Basckin, for the Afrikaner side to the Die Antwoord story, speaks with a South African DJ and cultural studies professor.






Conclusion: Die Antwoord as an attempt at "Afrikaner underdog-ism/ victimhood." Sorta makes sense.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

South Africa: Die Antwoord on Language Barriers and Stuff

Last week Boing Boing (who else?) met up with the Zef crew after Coachella and scored the interview below. Yolanda and Ninja explain why Americans would find them even funnier if all their Afrikaner expletives, puns and bad jokes didn't just fly over their heads.



Boing gots lots more --here-- especially this nice piece we missed on the group's artist, Leon Botha. Below is also a family act out of SA and titled by Khayav, "Not Quite Die Antwoord." But it looks to us like Tobias F√ľnke from the show Arrested Development managed to escape from the set, ran off to SA, got married and raised the family of his dreams.

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