In the wake of all the recent allegations against the infamous South African rap duo Die Antwoord, another festival has officially removed them from their 2019 lineup. Chicago’s Riot Festival announced via social media yesterday that Die Antwoord would no longer be performing at the festival and that hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan would be replacing them.
This news comes shortly after two festivals Louder than Life and Life is Beautiful both removed the group from their upcoming events. The group are facing major backlash after their former photographer/videographer Ben Crossman created an exposé Instagram account called @rolling_with_the_devil, shortly after the Die Antwoord/Zheani Sparkes scandal.
Ben began sharing damning unseen footage of Watkin Tudo Jones and Anri Du Toit’s ( the group members) controversial racist and homophobic behaviour after Du Toit refused to participate in his documentary (to address their behaviour) and apologise to Zheani Sparkes.
Die Antwoord will no longer be performing at Riot Fest 2019. We will be announcing their replacement tomorrow at 10am.
— Riot Fest (@RiotFest) August 21, 2019
The first video, originally titled ‘One Night in Adelaide’ sees Jones and Du Toit hurling abusive and bigoted words at Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair at Future Music Festival in 2012, accusing him of sexually assaulting Du Toit – even though he is gay. In the second video released by Crossman titled ‘Visser calling Whitney Houston a crack whore bitch,’ we see behind-the-scenes footage of Du Toit repeatedly and unforgiving using the ‘N’-word.
Crossman has since been accused of editing the videos to falsify his stories but in a statement to EDM.com Crossman said the videos have not been tampered with, “the footage has not been doctored,” he told EDM.com. “Edwin from Edwins Generation on YouTube and Griffin the founder of Wat Kyk Jy both have the unedited clips and they can vouch that it is not doctored.”
Crossman went on to apologise to Andy Butler admitting to partaking in the assault but not the extent to which Jones recalls.“My apologies go out to Andrew Butler,” said Crossman. “I was utilized as a flying monkey by Ninja and Yolandi in this instance and for that, I am not proud.”
Another post appeared on Crossman’s exposé account @rolling_with_the_devil today which you can read in full below. The story behind Die Antwoord’s alleged controversial behaviour goes far deeper than Crossman’s accounts. We encourage you to read the full breakdown right here and follow both @rolling_with_the_devil and Edwins Generation for more groundbreaking information.