Watkin Tudor Jones

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Watkin Tudor Jones
Birth name Watkin Tudor Jones
Also known as Ninja
Max Normal
The Man Who Never Came Back
MC Totally Rad
Yang Weapon
Born (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 42)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Yolandi Visser
The Original Evergreen
The Constructus Corporation
Die Antwoord

Watkin Tudor Jones (born 26 September 1974),[4] also known by his stage name Ninja is a South African rapper, record producer, and actor, best known for his role as the male vocalist of rap-rave group Die Antwoord.[5]

Jones comes from Johannesburg, South Africa where he attended Parktown Boys' High School. Jones left school in 1992, one year before graduating. He divides his time between Los Angeles and Cape Town.

Jones was a part of the South African hip-hop scene for many years. He has had many different stage personas, including with the Sibot-produced The Fantastic Kill and Markus Wormstorm-produced promo-only EP "Emmanuel Rothchild - My Favourite Songs" and "Markus Wormstorm Is Not Gay", and fronting such acts as The Original Evergreen, MaxNormal.TV and The Constructus Corporation.[6] He is best known as Ninja from Die Antwoord.

Jones has embarked on various other endeavors, notably graphic art and stuffed animal making.

Yolandi Visser, Jones's former partner[7] has been a frequent collaborator and is also a member of Die Antwoord. The two have a daughter together, named Sixteen.[8]

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. The band performed at various festivals around South Africa, including Up the Creek, Splashy Fen, and Oppikoppi. They also played in London and three shows at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.[9] A second version of this band evolved into the 'corporate' hip-hop group MaxNormal.tv in which they released an album, Good Morning South Africa, in 2008 with a sound not unlike the later-formed and more well-known group "Die Antwoord." They were a South African hip-hop crew that performed live wearing three-piece suits while frontman MaxNormal delivered his motivational speaking style raps to the audience. He also illustrated his lyrics to help the audience follow which were projected onto a big screen above the live performers and are triggered live to the beat by Max's personal assistant, Yolandi Visser, in a PowerPoint presentation style.

In early 2002, Jones disbanded Max Normal, just as the band was reaching South African stardom, headlining festivals like Oppikoppi and charting on 5FM (citing being creatively stifled as reason). 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 he had conceptualised involving a graphic novel with soundtrack and live show. These sessions spawned the Man Who Never Came Back track on African Dope's Cape Of Good Dope compilation in 2002, but gradually mutated into The Constructus Corporation outfit. Yolandi Visser, listed as Anica The Snuffling on the credits, was also involved.

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).[10]

After a production process including mix and master by Krushed & Sorted, In 3 June 2002, "The Ziggurat" was released. This is an 88-page pink hard-covered book containing a hand-written hiphop fantasy story by Jones, which follows the adventures of two kids on a giant futuristic floating world / shopping mall called The Ziggurat, with detailed etched digital illustrations by artist Nikhil Singh, a soundtrack CD on which Jones plays several different characters, and a bonus blank CD at the back of the book with instructions on where to download an entire second album of music and narrations for free, with which to fill the CD. The Constructus Corporation disbanded in 2003 after releasing The Ziggurat.


Not the same group as Max Normal, MaxNormal.tv. formed by Jones without the former members of Max Normal.


Die Antwoord[edit]

Main article: Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord [12]is a rap-rave group formed in 2008 and composed of Ninja, Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek.[13] The band self-identifies as a melange of several diverse cultures all mixed into one.[13] Die Antwoord toured Europe in April 2010 and the U.S. later that same year.[13] Their debut album $O$ was made available as a free download on their official website.[14] In late 2009 South African cinematographer Rob Malpage co-directed (with Jones), co-produced (with Left Films and Die Antwoord) and lensed the video for their single "Enter the Ninja".[15] The promo became a viral video on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the official Die Antwoord website, eventually crashing the website's server.[13] The video also features South African progeria sufferer Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist.[16] 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.[13] Their lyrics are humorous and explicit, and performed in both Afrikaans and English.[13][14][17] Members of the band consider themselves as hip hop artists, but specifically refer to their music as zef rap-rave.[18]

Die Antwoord
Yolandi during a gig in Vancouver, BC 
Yolandi, Ninja, and DJ Hi-Tek at El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles 
Ninja crowdsurfing during a gig at Coachella 

Television and Film Career[edit]

Pre 1995: Jones has appeared in nonspeaking roles in various South African Nando's commercials. [19][20]

1995: Kickboxer V, Kickboxer 5,[21][22] Jones had a supporting role as a prison inmate.

2010: Jones co-starred with du Toit in the short documentary on the South African "Tokoloshe" [23]

2011: Jones along with du Toit (Yolandi Visser), starred in the short film "Umshini Wam" which is a popular Zulu struggle song meaning "bring me my machine gun" and was directed by Harmony Korine.

2015: Jones, along with du Toit (Yolandi Visser), costarred in Neill Blomkamp's science-fiction film Chappie.[24] The film features the songs "Baby's On Fire", "Ugly Boy", "Cookie Thumper" and "Enter the Ninja" from his band Die Antwoord.[25]The film was also co-starred by Hugh Jackman[26] and Sigourney Weaver.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Johannesburg, SA. On 26 September 1974 Jones spent most of his youth living with his father, mother and younger brothers. Jones started Parktown Boy's High School in the fall of 1989. [28] upon leaving school before graduation in 1992, Jones moved out of his parents home and moved to a small travel-all close to Alexandra and 19th Streets near to the Jukskei River. During this time Jones struggled with being successful starting his first project "The Original Evergreens" which was not a successful venture. With the failure of The Original Evergreens Jones again tried to have a successful band, "Max Normal" was next. Although short lived Max Normal was a mild success, but still a failure. After Jones second attempt at creating a band Jones was not discouraged and attempted to start another entertainment empire with "The Constructus Corporation". The Constructus Corporation, showcased Jones musical talent. Unhappy with the direction "The Constructus Corporation" was in Jones decided to disband The Constructus Corporation. After this Jones formed MaxNormal.tv. Wildly successful although not the direction Jones wanted to go in, he again cancelled MaxNormal.tv, but keep a few of the key members of that project. Anri du Toit (Yo-Landi Visser) and Justin de Norbrega (GOD aka DJ Hi-Tek).

Jones, du Toit and de Norbrega formed a new band called "Die Antwoord", or "The Answer" in Afrikaans.

Jones and du Toit have a daughter named Sixteen Jones, born 15 January 2005. Jones has stated that he and du Toit (Visser) have not been in a romantic relationship since 2009.[29]

Jones frequently contradicts himself about his personal history: he has stated that he and Yolandi have known each other since childhood,[30] but has also said they met as adults. He has stated that his father has been shot and his brother took his own life.[31]


As a solo artist
  • Memoirs of a Clone (2001 Chameleon records)[32]
  • The Fantastic Kill (2005) [33]
  • Cryptycism on Cape Town Beats (2007) single [34]
  • MC Totally Rad And DJ Fuck Are Fucknrad (2007) [35]
The Original Evergreens
  • Puff The Magik (1995) single [36]
Max Normal.tv
  • Songs From The Mall (2001 Chameleon records) [37]
The Constructus Corporation
Die Antwoord

See also[edit]

CHAPPiE [47]


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  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 2015-09-06. 
  4. ^ "Max Normal - Music, Movies, Merchandise". Web.archive.org. 2007-03-05. Archived from the original on 8 December 2007. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  5. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Antwoord
  6. ^ Barker, Jean. "24 Facts: Die Antwoord". Channel24. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  7. ^ Daryl Keating (2016-09-12). "Die Antwoord: The Complete Interview". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-28. 
  8. ^ Coetzer, Diane (31 January 2012). "Die Antwoord: The Rolling Stone Interview". Rolling Stone Magazine (South African Edition). Rolling Stone. p. 1. Retrieved 2012-02-07. 
  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Ziggurat - African Dope Records". Africandope.co.za. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  11. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MaxNormal.TV
  12. ^ https://www.facebook.com/100015630721864/videos/105965629934461/
  13. ^ a b c d e f "S.African Afrikaans rappers takes Internet by storm | Oddly Enough | Reuters". Af.reuters.com. 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  14. ^ a b "Die Antwoord | 15 Minutes with a NINJA". Mahala. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  15. ^ "Die Antwoord - Enter the Ninja Music Video". Dontparty.co.za. 2015-09-02. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  16. ^ Jardin, Xeni (2010-02-03). "Die Antwoord, S. African zef-rap, and Progeria survivor Leon Botha - Boing Boing". M.boingboing.net. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  17. ^ "Wat Pomp Lyrics | Die Antwoord English Song Translation". Latinrapper.com. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  18. ^ [2][dead link]
  19. ^ https://www.facebook.com/100015630721864/videos/g.495593907268927/106079696589721/?type=2&theater
  20. ^ https://www.facebook.com/100015630721864/videos/g.495593907268927/106082516589439/?type=2&theater
  21. ^ "Ninja prison fight in Kickboxer 5". YouTube. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  22. ^ "The Redemption: Kickboxer 5 (1995)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  23. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HhrwnLNUoI
  24. ^ "Meet 'Chappie', the Real Gangster In This New Clip". Bloody-disgusting.com. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  25. ^ "Die Antwoord Featured In Latest 'Chappie' Featurette". Bloody-disgusting.com. 2015-02-20. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  26. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Jackman
  27. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sigourney_Weaver
  28. ^ http://parktownboys.co.za/
  29. ^ "Die Antwoord ~ Straight From The Horse'S Piel". YouTube. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  30. ^ "Die Antwoord - Zef Side (Official)". YouTube. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  31. ^ "Die Antwoord Mu nosic Video Commentary - Meltdown Event". YouTube. 2015-01-31. Retrieved 2015-09-06. 
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzfRWBJoQ9E
  33. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1IU46Pc4lY
  34. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUq2WjibMnE
  35. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSRhT_moXO0
  36. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J16DDeyDwPU
  37. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrAxcUcO3u8
  38. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgJB7DrX6qQ
  39. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQsKMOQvUlA
  40. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3dhTe4KGQ0
  41. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQsKMOQvUlA<
  42. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPzWRmzf5XI
  43. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-bJjA-CEJw
  44. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K0vKfpfpx8
  45. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr-H4zxfpQE
  46. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oK-xVR_WTdM&list=PL6-YJ3fOojUbUKojLiInGuh5XynmV5cWS
  47. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chappie_(film)

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