Yolandi Visser

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Yolandi Visser
Yo-Landi of Die Antwoord during an interview at the Coachella Oasis 2010.jpg
du Toit in 2010
Background information
Birth nameAnri du Toit
Also known asAnica the Snuffling
Born (1984-12-01) 1 December 1984 (age 35)
Port Alfred, South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • music video director
Years active2002–present
Associated acts
Websitewww.dieantwoord.com

Anri du Toit (born 1 December 1984), better known by her stage name Yolandi Visser, stylized as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er[1] is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and director. She is the female vocalist in the rap-rave group Die Antwoord. du Toit also has had a number of acting roles, including a self-styled role as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er in the 2015 Neill Blomkamp film Chappie.[2]

Early life[edit]

Born in Port Alfred, South Africa, du Toit was adopted by priest Ben du Toit and his wife. du Toit also has an adoptive older brother, Leon, who passed away in 2015.[3] Growing up, she has said she felt like she didn't fit in or belong anywhere, and describes herself as 'a little punk' who frequently got into fistfights.[4]

At 16, du Toit was sent to a boarding school 9 hours away from her family's home where she says that she blossomed among other creative and artistic-minded people.[5]

Career[edit]

The Constructus Corporation[edit]

du Toit was asked by Watkin Tudor Jones to lend vocals for his project The Constructus Corporation.[6] She was credited as Anica the Snuffling.[7]

The band released their debut and only album The Ziggurat in 2003.[8]

MaxNormal.TV[edit]

du Toit was a member of the South African 'corporate' hip-hop group MaxNormal.TV, in which she played the role of Max Normal's personal assistant. In MaxNormal.TV, she went by the stage name Yolandi Visser.

In the song 'Tik Tik Tik', du Toit's fictional backstory is detailed. The song claims that she was born into poverty in a large family, and eventually ran away out of boredom and loneliness. In 'Option A', she meets a drug dealer, and eventually begins working for him, transporting drugs in exchange for food and money. She becomes addicted to meth, and regrets her choices. In 'Option B', she ignores the drug dealer when he tried to talk to her, and instead begins working at a cafe, and rents a room there. She then is offered to join MaxNormal.TV after watching a rap show outside the cafe.[9]

The group released their debut and only album Good Morning South Africa in 2008.[10] A DVD featuring 13 skits, music videos and short films was released in the same year, titled Goeie More Zuid Afrika.[11]

Die Antwoord[edit]

du Toit is currently a member of the South African rap-rave group Die Antwoord. The group was formed by du Toit, her then-partner Ninja, and producer HITEK5000 (formerly referred to as DJ Hi-Tek and God). They have since added a second producer Lil2Hood.[12]

Die Antwoord is part of the South African counterculture movement known as Zef. For the band, du Toit goes by the stage name ¥o-Landi Vi$$er. She styled her hair into a bleach-blonde mullet at the start of the band, which was originally done to have an edge. She has said cutting her hair felt like a birth, and a statement of outsider and zef pride.[13]

The band released their debut album $O$ in 2009. It was made freely available online and attracted international attention for their music video "Enter the Ninja". They briefly signed with Interscope Records, and left after pressure from the label to be more generic. du Toit explained that Interscope "kept pushing us to be more generic" in order to make more money: "If you try to make songs that other people like, your band will always be shit. You always gotta do what you like. If it connects, it's a miracle, but it happened with Die Antwoord." [14]. They formed their own independent label, Zef Recordz and released their second album Tension through it.[15]

They have since released 2 other albums; Donker Mag in 2014[16], and Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid in 2016.[17] As well as this, du Toit played a self-styled role as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er in the 2015 Neill Blomkamp film Chappie.[18]

Controversy[edit]

Racism[edit]

Die Antwoord's video for Fatty Boom Boom shows du Toit in all-black body paint[19], which has been criticized as blackface.[20][21]

Zheani Sparkes[edit]

In March 2019, Australian musician Zheani Sparkes released a diss track detailing an alleged sexual assault on her by du Toit's Die Antwoord bandmate Watkin Tudor Jones in South Africa in 2013. Sparkles claimed that Jones drugged her, and trafficked her to Africa. She also claims he sent explicit photos of her to cast members of Chappie. She also claims he was interested in her because of her resemblance to his and du Toit's daughter Sixteen Jones, who in 2013 was 8.[22][23][24]

Visser vehemently defended Jones in response to the allegations. Sparkes alleged du Toit's assisted Jones in trafficking her to South Africa.[25]

Fight against Andy Butler[edit]

In 2019, a video from 2012 surfaced, showing du Toit and Jones fighting Andy Butler while calling him things that could be seen as homophobic, such as 'faggot'. Butler openly identifies as gay.[26] After fighting him, the video shows du Toit and Jones alerting security staff, and, while crying, du Toit claims she was sexually assaulted in a bathroom by Butler. Later on in the video, Jones tells her that her performance was 'Oscar-winning'.[27][28]

Jones responded on Facebook, claiming that the person who filmed the video cleverly edited it to make it seem like they were in the wrong. He claims that Butler harassed them in the days leading up to the fight, and that it had nothing to do with him being gay. Jones also claimed that he told du Toit to be 'dramatic as possible' about what Butler did to avoid getting detained by security after the fight.[29]

Die Antwoord was subsequently dropped from the lineup of several upcoming festivals.[30]

Personal life[edit]

du Toit has a daughter, Sixteen Jones, who was born in 2005 from a previous relationship with Die Antwoord bandmate Watkin Tudor Jones.[31] She also has three adopted children. Tokkie and his sister Meisie were adopted in 2010, and Jemile was adopted in 2015.[32]

Discography[edit]

The Constructus Corporation[edit]

MaxNormal.TV[edit]

  • Rap Made Easy (2007)
  • Good Morning South Africa (2008)

Die Antwoord[edit]

Filmography[edit]

  • Goeie More Zuid Africa DVD (2008)
  • Tokoloshe (2011)
  • Umshimi Wam (2011)
  • Chappie (2015) – features "Baby's On Fire", "Ugly Boy", "Cookie Thumper" and "Enter the Ninja".[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle Jones (13 February 2012). "Band have the answer to secret of success". IOL.co.za.
  2. ^ ScreenPrism. "Why cast Die Antwoord in "Chappie"? What is Zef? Was all the obvious product placement good or bad | ScreenPrism". screenprism.com. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  3. ^ https://article.wn.com/view/2015/08/01/Yolandi_Visser_se_broer_sterf/
  4. ^ Dazed (26 February 2015). "Yo-landi Visser's rise from hood rat to heroine". Dazed. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ Dazed (26 February 2015). "Yo-landi Visser's rise from hood rat to heroine". Dazed. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. ^ Dazed (26 February 2015). "Yo-landi Visser's rise from hood rat to heroine". Dazed. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  7. ^ "High Energy Shit – Die Antwoord klettern aus dem Netz - Netzpiloten.de". Netzpiloten Magazin (in German). 27 August 2010. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  8. ^ "The Constructus Corporation - The Ziggurat". Discogs. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  9. ^ MaxNormal.TV - Tik Tik Tik, retrieved 13 February 2020
  10. ^ "MaxNormal.TV - Good Morning South Africa". Discogs. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ "MaxNormal.TV - Goeie More Zuid Africa". Discogs. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  12. ^ "About". Die Antwoord. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  13. ^ Dazed (26 February 2015). "Yo-landi Visser's rise from hood rat to heroine". Dazed. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Die Antwoord's Totally Insane Words of Wisdom". Spin. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Die Antwoord leave Interscope, will release "TEN$ION" on their own new indie label". Boing Boing. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Die Antwoord Reveal 'Donker Mag' LP, Share New Video". exclaim.ca. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  17. ^ "Album Review: Die Antwoord - Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid". DrownedInSound. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  18. ^ ScreenPrism. "Why cast Die Antwoord in "Chappie"? What is Zef? Was all the obvious product placement good or bad | ScreenPrism". screenprism.com. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  19. ^ Die Antwoord - "Fatty Boom Boom" (Official Video), retrieved 13 February 2020
  20. ^ Harris, Aisha (17 October 2012). "Is This Blackface? And Is That a Problem?". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  21. ^ "Die Antwoord – "Fatty Boom Boom" Video". Stereogum. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  22. ^ ZHEANI - THE QUESTION, retrieved 13 February 2020
  23. ^ "What Happened with Zheani and Die Antwoord?!". All Metal Everything. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  24. ^ "Aussie Rapper Accuses Die Antwoord Of "Trafficking", Sexual Abuse & More In Explosive New Diss Track". Music Feeds. 21 March 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  25. ^ ZHEANI - THE QUESTION, retrieved 13 February 2020
  26. ^ says, Karrie (29 August 2017). "Hercules and Love Affair's Andy Butler on the Business of Being Gay". The Fullest. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  27. ^ "Die Antwoord axed from festivals for 'homophobic attack' on Andy Butler". NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COM. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  28. ^ Yolandi makes fake sexual assault allegations. One night in Adelaide., retrieved 13 February 2020
  29. ^ "DIE ANTWOORD". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  30. ^ Norris, Chelsey (26 September 2019). "Die Antwoord Reschedules Dallas Show Amid Controversy. We're Not Surprised". Dallas Observer. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
  31. ^ "Meet Sixteen, The Daugther [sic] Of Ninja And Yolani Vi$$er – 2oceansvibe.com". Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  32. ^ "YOHO! MAGAZINE". Die Antwoord. 3 December 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  33. ^ "Die Antwoord Featured In Latest 'Chappie' Featurette". Bloody-disgusting.com. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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