Die Antwoord is a band with a plan.
The South African hip-hop troupe, whose name means “the answer” in Afrikaans, has just released its debut, “$O$,” but also has a five-album plan that includes two more group records and solo outings by frontman Ninja (“Ninja Dominator”) and vocalist Yo-Landi Vi$$er (“The Voice”).
“Die Antwoord is super pop. It’s pop music,” explains group founder Ninja (real name Watkin Tudor Jones). “There’s a certain lifespan to it. We want to blow as hard as we can ... and then disappear. We will always make music, but Die Antwoord is ... finite.
“It’s like how Michael Jordan retired as a god and then he came back as a man, which is kind of disappointing to the people of Earth. We don’t want to go out like that.”
Ninja says Die Antwoord has finished writing its second album, “Tension,” for release in 2011. Also on tap, he adds, is a feature film, “The Answer,” which Ninja says is “the story of how the group came together,” stopping just before it signed its record deal. A “little pilot” preview of the film should be out in January, with full production to follow.
“We’ve got this very strong idea of what we want to do,” Ninja explains. “It’s just not a matter of getting the money; we want the money from nice people who understand us and are not gonna (mess) with us. To be honest we were going to do it earlier, but we wanted to take our time to do it correctly. We’re looking at March-April to start doing some shooting.”
Die Antwoord and Rye Rye perform Saturday, Oct. 23, at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35.25. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.
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