|Yolandi Visser Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||December 1, 1984|
Yolandi Visser is a South African rapper, songwriter, and actress who is most well-known for her work as the lead vocalist of the Cape Town-based rap-rave musical group Die Antwoord. She has also featured in several films and TV shows as an actress, which includes playing a stylized version of herself in the 2015 dystopian science-fiction film Chappie.
Anri du Toit
Yolandi Visser, Anica the Snuffling, ¥Ø¥Ø, Vi$rot, Lil Miss Vissie, Lil Zef God, Da Zef
Kid, Future Baby, Landi-Rat, Landi-Bum, Landi-Pandi, Bonchokkie, Fokjou
Port Alfred, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa
Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Yolandi had attended St. Dominic’s Catholic School for Girls in Boksburg, Gauteng, from the age of 5 to 16, after which she was enrolled in the Lady Grey Arts Academy, a renowned center for arts in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.
Rapper, Songwriter, Actress, Music Video Director
- Father – Ben du Toit (Adoptive) (Christian Minister, Director of Communications for the NG Kerk, Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa)
- Siblings – Leon du Toit (Adoptive Older Brother) (d. 2015)
Dance/Electronic, Alternative Hip Hop, Rap
- Zef Records, LLC
- Downtown Records
- Interscope Records
- African Dope Records
- Soyuz Music
- Jarring Effects
- Rhythm Records
- Cherrytree Records
- Universal Music
- Runway Music
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
45 kg or 99 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Yolandi has dated –
- DJ Muggs
- Watkin Tudor Jones (2003-2015) – Yolandi began dating fellow rapper and bandmate Watkin Tudor Jones a.k.a. Ninja in 2003. She has credited Watkin with teaching her everything about rap. The couple has a daughter together named Sixteen Jones (b. 2005). Yolandi also has 3 adopted children – Tokkie and his sister Meisie (both adopted in 2010), and Jemile who was adopted in 2015.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Dutch descent and belongs to the Afrikaner ethnic group.
- Sports a dyed Mullett
- Petite frame
- Has a tattoo on her right shoulder
- Petite frame
- Child-like voice
Yolandi and her band Die Antwoord have appeared in video and print advertisements for the fashion house Alexander Wang’s Spring 2012 line ‘T’.
Yolandi Visser Favorite Things
- Music Bands – Nirvana, Cypress Hill, Nine Inch Nails
- Singers – Björk, PJ Harvey, Celine Dion, Kurt Darren
- Rapper – Eminem
- Dance Duo – 2 Unlimited
- Music Genre – Rap
- Comic Genre – Manga
- Fictional Character – Eric Theodore Cartman (from the Animated TV series South Park)
- Animated TV Series – Kim Possible (2002-2007)
Source – Facebook
Yolandi Visser Facts
- She was abandoned by her parents as a toddler and was adopted by a local Christian minister and his wife. She has never met her biological parents. Yolandi has stated that she had tremendous respect and love for her adoptive parents but she used to find their strict religious rules and conservative ways very oppressive and consequently left home at the age of 16 and moved to Pretoria.
- Before joining Die Antwoord in 2008, she had been a part of 2 other music groups – The Constructus Corporation and MaxNormal.TV.
- Die Antwoord stands for ‘The Answer’ in the Afrikaans language and is a part of the South-African counterculture movement known as Zef. Yolandi and the band gained international attention after the success of their debut album $O$ (2009) which led to a brief contract with renowned American label Interscope Records before the band founded their own label in 2011 titled Zef Records.
- In 2019, Yolandi and her band Die Antwoord were involved in a major controversy when a 2012 video of her and her then-partner Watkin Tudor Jones was made public. The video showed them physically assaulting and shouting homophobic abuse at the openly gay musician Andy Butler.
- Yolandi and her band released a video response where they claimed that Andy had harassed them multiple times previously and had followed Yolandi into the women’s toilet with ill intentions. Despite the clarification, Yolandi and her band were dropped from the lineup of several music festivals in the United States.
- Yolandi was featured on the front cover of the February 2012 issue of the South African edition of Rolling Stone magazine.
- In 2010, American film director David Fincher offered Yolandi the lead role in his adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) but she declined as she wished to keep her focus on music. The role eventually fell in the lap of Rooney Mara.
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