Watkin Tudor Jones

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Watkin Tudor Jones
Die Antwoord Ninja on the street.jpg
Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja) in 2012
Background information
Birth nameWatkin Tudor Jones
Also known as
  • Ninja
  • Max Normal
  • The Man Who Never Came Back
  • MC Totally Rad
  • Yang Weapon
  • Destructo
  • Waddy
  • WAD:e [1]
  • Ninjie [2]
Born (1974-09-26) 26 September 1974 (age 45)
Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
  • music video director
Years active1993–present
Associated acts

Watkin Tudor Jones (born 26 September 1974), [4] better known by his stage name Ninja, is a South African rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and music video director. He is best known for being in the rap-rave group Die Antwoord.

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Die Antwoord South African rap-rave group

Die Antwoord is a South African hip hop group formed in Cape Town in 2008. The group is composed of rappers Ninja and Yolandi Visser, a male/female duo, and producer. Their image revolves around the South African counterculture movement known as zef and has incorporated work by other artists associated with the movement, such as photographer Roger Ballen.


Band projects

Max Normal

Jones was the lead vocalist of Max Normal, a live hip hop act, which released their debut album entitled Songs From The Mall in 2001.

In early 2002, Jones disbanded Max Normal. He relocated to Cape Town and began collaborating with DJ Dope of Krushed & Sorted and Felix Laband on the music for a multi-media project which spawned the Man Who Never Came Back track on African Dope's Cape Of Good Dope compilation in 2002 and later became The Constructus Corporation outfit.[ citation needed ]

Cape Town Legislative capital of South Africa

Cape Town is a legislative capital of South Africa, colloquially named the Mother City. It is the legislative capital of South Africa and primate city of the Western Cape province. It forms part of the City of Cape Town metropolitan municipality.

Felix Laband is an electronic music artist born in 1977 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

The Constructus Corporation south african hip hop band

The Constructus Corporation were a South African electronic music group.

The Constructus Corporation

When Jones disbanded Max Normal in early 2002, he and long-time DJ partner Sibot invited Markus Wormstorm and Felix Laband to collaborate on his ambitious The Constructus Corporation project, which resulted in the concept album / graphic novel The Ziggurat (ADOPECD009 African Dope Records 2002), released on 3 June 2002. [5] The Constructus Corporation disbanded in 2003.

Markus Wormstorm is a South African electronic musician.


In 2005, Jones resurrected and revamped Max Normal as the 'corporate' hip-hop group "MaxNormal.TV." The new lineup consisted of Watkin Tudor Jones revising as "Max Normal", and Anri du Toit as Yolandi Visser. The band also featured Neon Don, and Justin De Nobrega playing various recurring characters.

Yolandi Visser South African singer/rapper

Anri du Toit, better known by her stage name Yolandi Visser, is a South African rapper, singer, songwriter, actress and music video director. She is the female vocalist in the rap-rave group Die Antwoord. Du Toit also has had a number of acting roles, including a self-styled role as Yolandi Visser in the 2015 Neill Blomkamp film Chappie.

Die Antwoord

Die Antwoord is a rap-rave group formed in 2008 and composed of Ninja, Yolandi Visser and god (formerly DJ Hi-Tek). [6] The band self-identifies as a melange of several diverse cultures all mixed into one. [6] Die Antwoord performs "Zef" music, zef being a South African style which is modern while including out-of-date, discarded cultural and style elements. [6]

Zef A South African counter-culture movemen

Zef is a South African counter-culture movement. Kyle Hans Brockmann has compared zef counter-culture to many similar anarchic sub-cultures in the northern hemisphere.

Die Antwoord toured Europe in April 2010 and the U.S. later that year. [6]

Their debut album was $O$. The promo for their single "Enter the Ninja" became a viral video on the internet nine months later, delivering millions of hits to the official Die Antwoord website, eventually crashing the site's server. [6] The video also features South African progeria sufferer Leon Botha, a prominent Cape Town artist. [7]

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"Evil Boy" is a song by South African hip hop group Die Antwoord featuring rapper Wanga. It was written by Tony Cottrell, Watkin Tudor Jones (Ninja), Justin De Nobrega, Hugo Pasquin, Thomas Wesley Pentz (Diplo), and Yolandi Visser, and was produced by Diplo. It was released by Interscope Records and it serves as the final single from their album $O$.

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