'Enter the Ninja' Translated

If you haven’t seen the video for ‘Enter the Ninja’ by Die Antwoord you have most likely been living under a rock, in space, with no communication whatsoever.


I’ve embedded it at the bottom of the post for you if that that’s the case. That’s not what this is about though. This is about the fact that the Enter the Ninja video has managed to ‘Go Viral’ all over the ‘interweb’. It has recieved acclaim from international artists and publications. The thing is though, in many cases they have no idea what our boy Ninja (Waddy Jones) is saying due to him throwing Afrikaans into the mix wherever it suits him and using an accent so strong that it takes a few listens for the average South African to figure out what he’s saying.

I’ve decided to rectify this issue by translating where necessary. So forward this on to your friends and family overseas. And point out to them that we don’t all talk like that. Much of what he says is slang, so I’ve used the meaning of what he says rather than the direct translation where necessary.

Die Antwoord The Answer - Enter the Ninja Lyrics Translated


I represent South African Culture
In this place we’ve got a lot of different things
Blacks, Whites, Coloureds, English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
Wat ook al and everything else
I’m like, all these different things
All these different people
Fucked into one person.


Aai aai aai

I am your butterfly
I need your protection

be my samurai

I’m a ninja yo, my life is like a video game, I maintain
when I’m in the zone one player, one life on the mic, limited time
yo ninja, go! No fucking around I’m cutting down anyone in my path

trying to fuck up my game with razor sharp lyrical throw-stars, here my flow’s hot
hostile, wild out of control
ninja skop befokte rof taal kicks fucked up rough language
, rough ryhmes for tough times
met fokol kos, skraal
with fuckall food, scrawny hungry, till I hit triple 7 at the atm, straight famine or feast
when you living on the razor edge, stay sharp sharp
rolling with the $o$
you never seen zef redneck
so fre$, uh! When we mic check
hi-tek flows flex, yo we optimistik optimistic
not fuckin depressed, we not like the rest
my style is ufo, totally unknown
you can’t fuck with my new zef redneck
flow, I’m hard to miss, ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that’
yo fuckin who said so? I do what I like, too hot to handle, too cold to hold
you can’t fuck with the chosen one, I-I-I-I-I want the knife
yo I’m a ninja


Ninja is poes koel fucking cool, but don’t fuck with my game boy
or I’ll poes
fuck up you, life is tough, when I get stuck and my time is up
I push through, till I break-break-break on through to the other side
fantastically poor with patience like the stalker
ninja is hardcore, been cut so deep feel no pain

it’s not sore, don’t ask for kak shit
or you’ll get what you ask for I’m like a wild animal in the corner
waiting for the break of dawn, trying to get through the night, just a man with a will to survive
my blades swing free, decapitate a hater
with amazing ease, this is not a game boy

don’t play with me, I work my mic-saber
like a wild fuckin savage from the dark side: danger!
Yin to the yang, totally hi-tek, ninja’s motherfuckin
big in japan, I seen the future,
but right now I got nothing in my hand
except a microphone, big dreams and a plan, fly-talking, sky-walking
like a ninja


Fuck, this is like, the coolest song I ever heard in my whole life
fuck all of you who said I wouldn’t make it
they said I was a looser
they said I was a no-one
they said I was a fuckin psycho
but look at me now

all up on the interweb
enter the ninja
yo-landi vi$$er
dj hi-tek
die fokken antwoord the fucking answer
dis mooi ne? this is nice hey?


I’m a ninja
yo I’m a ninja
I’m a ninja
a motherfuckin ninja


The words poes and zef are somewhat hard to explain,

Zef is a word I’d never heard used before and I assume was made up by ninja himself, It is however agreed to mean trashy in a manner similar to the American trailer trash. Zef means ‘tappet’, trash or redneck. Which are all pretty much the same thing.

Poes is the word ‘pussy’ South Africanised, it was a somewhat insulting term, “you are a poes” it now enjoys a somewhat wide range of uses far beyond it’s original meaning

and in this song refers to derivatives of the word fuck, “ninja is poes koel” – Ninja is fucking cool.

Take a look at the video to refresh your recollections of the song or see it or the first time if you actually do live under a rock.

Thanks to Christo for his corrections of a few failings in my knowledge of Afrikaans slang.

For more information, music, and other clips take a look at their website

South Africans feel free to add your interpretations of the Enter the Ninja lyrics in the comments section. And forward this on to the rest of the world.

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