Rave rappers Die Antwoord cancel Israel gig
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Rave rappers Die Antwoord cancel Israel gig

The idiosyncratic South African duo postpone start of summer tour but promise they will return to their 'amazing fans in Israel'

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Yolanda Visser and Ninja of Die Antwoord. (Courtesy Die Antwoord)
Yolanda Visser and Ninja of Die Antwoord. (Courtesy Die Antwoord)

South African rap rave group Die Antwoord announced Sunday they were forced to postpone their scheduled concert in Israel this summer and apologized to their fans, saying they will reschedule.

The duo from Cape Town — frontman Ninja and singer Yo-Landi Visser had been scheduled to perform at Live Park Rishon on August 2.

A statement from the promoter said that, “Die Antwoord needs to reschedule the start of their tour to begin on August 4th in Belgium and unfortunately their show at Live Park Rishon on August 2nd needs to be canceled.”

However, the band promised they would play in Israel again soon, and did not give any political motivation behind their cancellation.

“Ninja and Yolandi look forward to rescheduling their appearance and to once again perform in front of their amazing fans in Israel,” the statement said. The promoter said the group were already looking at alternative dates.

The group was last here in 2016 for a performance in the same venue as part of the “Suck on This” tour.

Their 2016 performance took place on the same night as a deadly terrorist attack at Tel Aviv’s Sarona market. The group had resisted BDS calls to cancel its concert and refused to boycott Israel.

Ninja of Die Antwoord performed in Rishon Lezion, June 8, 2016. (Orit Pnini)

Last May, Die Antwoord announced via social media networks that it was going to release its final album, entitled “The Book of Zef,” in September 2017 and immediately disband. It was a followup to its previous album, “Mount Ninji and Da Nice Time Kid.”

Instead, it headed out on a world tour that appears to be continuing into 2018.

“Die Antwoord” means “The Answer” in Afrikaans, and the band, part of South Africa’s “zef” counterculture movement, performs in English and Afrikaans, and has used the Bantu language Xhosa.

Refunds will be available from wherever tickets were purchased.

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