The rap-rave group Die Antwoord has been causing controversy, but not the kind we are used to, this time it’s political.
The social awareness group BDS SA (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) has called on rappers Ninja, Yolandi Visser and DJ Hi-Tek to cancel their planned performances in Israel next month.
BDS is a pressure group currently fighting for the end of Israeli occupation in Palestine.
In a 1000-word letter to Die Antwoord, BDS campaigner Kwara Kekana writes: “It was because of the brave and determined efforts of people from all sectors of South African society as well as international support and boycotts that we were able to break free from the shackles of structural and institutionalised racism and oppression.”
He was talking about the global activism to end apartheid in South Africa and called on the rappers to not perform in Israel in solidarity with the plight of Palestinians.
Kekana also writes: “Various churches, businesses and other entities have ended relations with Israel in line with the BDS call. We are urging you to join the growing list of artists and musicians who are choosing to be on the right side of history by boycotting Israel.”
The popular band has not responded to the activist group yet, so it’s safe to assume that for now their Israeli concerts are going ahead.