Watkin Tudor Jones

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Watkin Tudor Jones
Die Antwoord Ninja on the street.jpg
Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) in 2012
Background information
Birth nameWatkin Tudor Jones
Also known as
  • Ninja
  • Max Normal
  • The Man Who Never Came Back
  • MC Totally Rad
  • Yang Weapon
  • Destructo
  • Waddy
  • WAD:e[1]
  • Ninjie[2]
Born (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 44)
Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • music video director
Years active1993–present
Associated acts

Watkin Tudor Jones (born 26 September 1974),[4] better known by his stage name Ninja, is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and music video director. He is best known for being in the rap-rave group Die Antwoord.

Band projects[edit]

Max Normal[edit]

Jones was the lead vocalist of Max Normal, a live hip hop act, which released their debut album entitled Songs From The Mall in 2001.

In early 2002, Jones disbanded Max Normal. He relocated to Cape Town and began collaborating with DJ Dope of Krushed & Sorted and Felix Laband on the music for a multi-media project which spawned the Man Who Never Came Back track on African Dope's Cape Of Good Dope compilation in 2002 and later became The Constructus Corporation outfit.[citation needed]

The Constructus Corporation[edit]

When Jones disbanded Max Normal in early 2002, he and long-time DJ partner Sibot invited Markus Wormstorm and Felix Laband to collaborate on his ambitious The Constructus Corporation project, which resulted in the concept album / graphic novel The Ziggurat (ADOPECD009 African Dope Records 2002), released on 3 June 2002.[5] The Constructus Corporation disbanded in 2003.


In 2005, Jones resurrected and revamped Max Normal as the 'corporate' hip-hop group "MaxNormal.TV." The new lineup consisted of Watkin Tudor Jones revising as "Max Normal", and Anri du Toit as Yolandi Visser. The band also featured Neon Don, and Justin De Nobrega playing various recurring characters.

Die Antwoord[edit]

Die Antwoord is a rap-rave group formed in 2008 and composed of Ninja, Yolandi Visser and god (formerly DJ Hi-Tek).[6] The band self-identifies as a melange of several diverse cultures all mixed into one.[6] Die Antwoord performs "Zef" music, zef being a South African slang term that describes a unique South African style which is modern while including out-of-date, discarded cultural and style elements.[6]

Die Antwoord toured Europe in April 2010 and the U.S. later that year.[6]

Their debut album was $O$. The promo for their single "Enter the Ninja" became a viral video on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the official Die Antwoord website, eventually crashing the site's server.[6] The video also features South African progeria sufferer Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Anything But Normal (archived)". Levi's Original Music Magazine. 9 September 2008. Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ Donker Mag (album), Raging Zef Boner (track 5), line 1 and repeated throughout track (lyrics)
  3. ^ "Die Antwoord to sign with Interscope, Neill Blomkamp to direct next video". Boing Boing. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Max Normal - Music, Movies, Merchandise". Web.archive.org. 5 March 2007. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Ziggurat - African Dope Records". Africandope.co.za. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e "S.African Afrikaans rappers takes Internet by storm | Oddly Enough | Reuters". Af.reuters.com. 5 February 2010. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  7. ^ Jardin, Xeni (3 February 2010). "Die Antwoord, S. African zef-rap, and Progeria survivor Leon Botha - Boing Boing". M.boingboing.net. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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