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Yolandi Visser
Visser performing with Die Antwoord in 2019
Visser performing with Die Antwoord in 2019
Background information
Birth nameAnri du Toit
Also known asAnica the Snuffling
Genres
Occupations
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • music video director
Years active2002–present
Websitewww.dieantwoord.com

Anri du Toit (born 1984[1]), known professionally as Yolandi Visser (stylised as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er),[2] is a South African rapper and singer. She is the female vocalist in the rap-rave group Die Antwoord. Her partner in the group is Ninja (Watkin Tudor Jones).

Visser appeared in the 2015 Neill Blomkamp film Chappie.[3]

Early life[edit]

As a baby, du Toit was adopted by clergyman Reverend Ben du Toit and his wife. She had an adoptive older brother, Leon, who died in 2015.[4] Growing up, she has said she felt like she did not fit in or belong anywhere, and describes herself as 'a little punk' who frequently got into fistfights.[5] At 16, du Toit was sent to a boarding school, Menlopark High School, nine 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 (aka "Ninja") to lend vocals for his project The Constructus Corporation.[5] She was credited as Anica the Snuffling.[6] The band released their debut and only album The Ziggurat in 2003.[7]

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.[8]

The group released their debut and only album Good Morning South Africa in 2008.[9] A DVD featuring 13 skits, music videos and short films was released in the same year, titled Goeie Morge Zuid Afrika.[10]

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 Tudor Jones, and producer HITEK5000 (formerly referred to as DJ Hi-Tek and God). They have since added a second producer Lil2Hood.[11]

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.[5]

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."[12] They formed their own independent label, Zef Recordz and released their second album Tension through it.[13]

They have since released two other albums; Donker Mag in 2014,[14] and Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid in 2016.[15] As well as this, du Toit played a self-styled role as ¥o-Landi Vi$$er in the 2015 Neill Blomkamp film Chappie.[3]

Controversies[edit]

In 2019, a video from 2012 surfaced, showing du Toit and Jones fighting with Hercules and Love Affair founder Andy Butler whilst hurling homophobic abuse.[16] Tudor Jones claimed that the person who filmed the video edited it to make it seem like they were in the wrong.[17][18]

In April 2022, du Toit's adopted/foster son Gabriel "Tokkie" du Preez accused du Toit and Tudor Jones of physical and sexual abuse against himself and his younger sister.[19] Du Toit's agent made a statement denying du Preez's allegations, saying "Die Antwoord don't agree with Tokkie's statements."[20]

Personal life[edit]

Du Toit has a daughter named Sixteen, born in 2005, with Die Antwoord bandmate Watkin Tudor Jones.[21] Du Toit and Tudor Jones also adopted or fostered three children; Gabriel "Tokkie" du Preez and his sister in 2010, and another son in 2015.[22][19]

Discography[edit]

The Constructus Corporation[edit]

  • The Ziggurat (2003)

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".[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Vries, Fred (1 April 2020). "Waar is Die Antwoord?" [Where is Die Antwoord?]. Nieuwe Revu (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 7 May 2023. Retrieved 7 May 2023.
  2. ^ Michelle Jones (13 February 2012). "Band have the answer to secret of success". IOL.co.za. Archived from the original on 10 October 2023. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b ScreenPrism. "Why cast Die Antwoord in "Chappie"? What is Zef? Was all the obvious product placement good or bad | ScreenPrism". screenprism.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  4. ^ "Yolandi Visser se broer sterf". article.wn.com. Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d Dazed (26 February 2015). "Yo-landi Visser's rise from hood rat to heroine". Dazed. Archived from the original on 8 January 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. ^ "High Energy Shit – Die Antwoord klettern aus dem Netz - Netzpiloten.de". Netzpiloten Magazin (in German). 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2 August 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  7. ^ "The Constructus Corporation – The Ziggurat". Discogs. Archived from the original on 19 January 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  8. ^ MaxNormal.TV - Tik Tik Tik, archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 13 February 2020
  9. ^ "MaxNormal.TV – Good Morning South Africa". Discogs. Archived from the original on 20 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  10. ^ "MaxNormal.TV – Goeie More Zuid Africa". Discogs. Archived from the original on 8 November 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  11. ^ "About". Die Antwoord. Archived from the original on 31 October 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  12. ^ "Die Antwoord's Totally Insane Words of Wisdom". Spin. 7 February 2012. Archived from the original on 28 January 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  13. ^ "Die Antwoord leave Interscope, will release "TEN$ION" on their own new indie label". Boing Boing. 7 November 2011. Archived from the original on 2 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  14. ^ "Die Antwoord Reveal 'Donker Mag' LP, Share New Video". exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 13 February 2020. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  15. ^ "Album Review: Die Antwoord – Mount Ninji and da Nice Time Kid". DrownedInSound. Archived from the original on 29 March 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  16. ^ Earls, John (20 August 2019). "Die Antwoord axed from festivals for 'homophobic attack' on Andy Butler". NME. Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  17. ^ Ninja (18 August 2019). "Die Antwoord". facebook.com. Archived from the original on 30 September 2019. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  18. ^ Norris, Chelsey (26 September 2019). "Die Antwoord Reschedules Dallas Show Amid Controversy. We're Not Surprised". Dallas Observer. Archived from the original on 16 November 2019. Retrieved 15 November 2019. Alternate link (single page) Archived 15 June 2023 at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ a b van den Heever, Megan (25 April 2022). "Blood rituals, porn & violence: Die Antwoord's 'child slave' tells all". TheSouthAfrican.com. Blue Sky Publications Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 April 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  20. ^ Fu, Eddie (26 April 2022). "Die Antwoord's Adopted Son Alleges Years of Abuse and Exploitation". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on 28 April 2022. Retrieved 28 April 2022.
  21. ^ "Meet Sixteen, The Daughter Of Ninja And Yolani Vi$$er – 2oceansvibe.com". 2 February 2012. Archived from the original on 2 July 2019. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  22. ^ "YOHO! MAGAZINE". Die Antwoord. 3 December 2019. Archived from the original on 2 November 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Die Antwoord Featured In Latest 'Chappie' Featurette". Bloody-disgusting.com. 20 February 2015. Archived from the original on 30 March 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2015.

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