Die Antwoord and Roy Ayers to play Israel this summer

The two hit music acts will perform in Tel Aviv and Rishon Lezion this coming July and August.

South Africa's Die Antwoord (photo credit: COURTESY PR)
South Africa's Die Antwoord
(photo credit: COURTESY PR)
Die Antwoord, the popular South African hip hop group will be returning to Israel in August, to play one show at the Rishon Lezion Live Park.
Roy Ayers, the legendary funk and soul performer, will head to Israel for the first time for a show in July at the Barby in Tel Aviv.
Die Antwoord, which means "The Answer" in Afrikaans, have released five albums and dozens of singles since forming 10 years ago. Their biggest dance hits include "Baby's On Fire," "Ugly Boy" and "I Fink You Freeky."
Die Antwoord was last in Israel in 2016, and played to tens of thousands of adoring fans in the same venue. The duo - made up of rapper Ninja and Yolandi Visser - discussed during that show the pressure they faced to boycott Israel.
"Everyone be getting their fucking panties in a knot, because like 'Why you going to Israel? Don’t go to Israel!' We like… Fuck you!" Ninja said on stage. "We make music for you mother fuckers, I don’t give a fuck about anything else outside this whole shit, this is us and you, fuck the world, fuck everything, there’s just this shit. So thank you very much for having us!"
The Die Antwoord show is taking place on August 2 at the Rishon Lezion Live Park. Tickets go on sale on Monday evening via tmisrael.co.il, and are NIS 244 for early bird and NIS 294 after that.
Ayers will be performing on July 19 at the Barby Tel Aviv. The musician, who has been performing since the 1960s, has collaborated with everyone from Fela Kuti to Erykah Badu, Tyler, the Creator and the DJ Jellybean. Ayers has produced dozens of albums, and his most popular songs include "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," "Liquid Love," "Searchin" and "Don't Stop the Feeling."
While it is believed that this is Ayers first show in Israel, he has collaborated in the past with Israeli-born pianist and musician Kobi Arad.
Tickets for the Ayers show cost NIS 144 and are available for sale at barby.co.il.