Way back in the beginning of 2014 when I started writing the first draft of Strong Medicine I had a distinct image in my mind of the aesthetic of the place I wanted to communicate to my readers. Yes, the book is set in Johannesburg, but it’s a darker, dirtier, more depraved version of the city I grew up in.
I had to find a way to get into that frame of mind every time I sat down to work on the novel, and what better way than with dirty, challenging music?
Enter Die Antwoord.
I’ve never been a fan of their music before. I mean, everybody knows Enter the Ninja, but more than that they never really struck a cord. Until I discovered this song.
And I knew, just knew, that this was what I needed. Dark, gritty, and challenging.
I also saw some of Erin’s character in Yolandi, which made it even easier to slip into gear when I started writing.
Here are two more of their songs which I think encapsulate the aesthetic of Strong Medicine in one way or another. I hope you enjoy them.