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The three-member group consisting of lead rapper Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ Hi-Tek, performed an hour-long show at the Bassline in Johannesburg on Saturday, and they've taken a new member under their wing - an 18-year-old street child known only as "Wanga".

"We are trying to get him to join our band, but there are issues with getting him an ID. However, we are working on that," said lead rapper Ninja, (real name Watkin Tudor Jones). Ninja has even given him his own stage name: "Evil Boy".

"I've known him since he was 13. Recently he told me that he was 'going to the bush' and explained to me what it was he was going to do there," said Ninja.

"The laaitie sounded scared and told me that he would never be able to go to the townships as he would get beaten up, because he would be seen as a boy and not a man, as he had not been 'cut' (circumcised)," said Ninja.

Ninja, 35, then advised Wanga not to go if he was scared, but rather to vent his feelings in a song explaining why he didn't want to go.

Following that came their new single and a music video called Evil Boy , in which Wanga expresses his views on being circumcised. The video has the young man rapping in X hosa: " andifuni ngencanca yami incanca yami eyentombi qha " (I don't want you to touch my penis, it' s for women only), against a background of e xplicit images of male genitals.

"This video might be misunderstood by people as offensive, but there are children who die each year from 'going to the bush'.

"That's the point we are trying to put across. Just in a different way, with an in-your-face effect," added Yo-Landi.

In the video, which has special effects created by special effects company The Creature Shock which did the effects for locally made film District 9, Ninja sports a latex claw, in addition to his outrageous stage outfits.

"We are constantly trying to look at different ways of how we can create and recreate South African music to be consumed abroad, so we always combine what the international market likes with local sound," said Ninja.

Written by TimesLive.co.za, to check out the article on the TimesLive.co.za website, click here.

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Comment by Clarke {aka Tok!o_headd.} on October 9, 2010 at 2:58pm
I agree with Sarahlynn and Christine.

aha
Get wanga to join the group!!!!
Comment by Christine(aka xtine) on October 7, 2010 at 10:35pm
same here now I know the story behind the video, wow is all I can say, props to die antwoord and "evil boy"!!
Comment by SarahLynn on October 7, 2010 at 12:27pm
dang... i thought evil boy was just a crazy vid, but knowing the reason behind it is absolutely brain busting.. Die Antwoord are definately artists. props to ninja yo-landi and now Evil Boy :D

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