In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.


26 Responses to “In memoriam: Leon Botha, South African artist, DJ, and wonderful human being.”

  1. francoisroux says:

    Rest in peace.

  2. Tau'ma says:

    Leon Botha’s spirit, his picture, you posting it Xeni, is +1 perfectly on point forever.

  3. treyka says:

    Thanks, Xeni.

  4. Anonymous says:

    sad :( RIP. wonderful music …… now he will be god`s dj …. i hope to meet him upstairs :)

  5. Tau'ma says:



  6. querent says:

    Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Anonymous says:

    i thank him for teaching us about being human.


  8. Frank W says:

    Rest in peace? Don’t think so. Wherever Leon has gone now must have become a more interesting place already.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Rest in peace

  10. Nicky G says:

    Holy crap — what a fully-realized person and SICK turntablist. Admittedly I had only known of Leon via Die Antwoord, so thank you so much for highlighting his extraordinary life, Xeni.

  11. markjamesmurphy says:


  12. Anonymous says:

    I had only ever seen this DJ on the Die Antwoord video but this article completely changed my perspective and appreciation for Leon Botha. Thanks for the awakening information and really ell done.

  13. Anonymous says:

    thank you xeni for making this in memoriam about Leon Botha
    a very special and gifted person, inspiring and close to his heart.
    may he live on in heaven and in ours soul. rip Leon

  14. Anonymous says:

    Xeni, you are a fabulous writer/interviewer! I just watched your Coachella interview with Die Antwoord & you just get it. You’re brilliant. Thank you for this sincere article on Leon Botha, much love & respect ♥

  15. Anonymous says:

    He went too soon. I hope he continues to inspire people. Rest in peace, Leon.

  16. Tau'ma says:

    I am part of ALL & ALL is part of me, I am a microcosm of the macrocosm, different only in degree.
    My heart is a self beating drum & it’s roll brings thunder to the storm that projects my energy into form.
    I inhale love & exhale my truth, interpretating with every breath, I move.
    The eye of in-sight I will demonstrate light, by displaying darkness.
    Reflected off the blade from my katana, refracting off my merkaba,
    As on high, so below… ->September 2008.

  17. ahmacrom says:

    All the good ones go….Its like the universe gave him this situation, and he passed with honors.

  18. Padraig says:

    Thanks Xeni for taking the time to post this.

    I was overwhelmed with sadness while reading the post.

    We all need friends, we all need hope and we all need to feel valued.

    I hope I’m right in thinking that Leon had all of this.

  19. Utenzil says:

    Wonderful article, Xeni, thank you.

  20. thedefog says:

    That monologue from YouTube was very moving. Seems like he had a better grasp on life and what it really means to live at 26 than most people will ever have. Made me feel a bit like a jerk for taking life for granted.

  21. Anonymous says:

    so it goes


    thanks for all the mix

  22. Kimmo says:

    What a dude.

    Hope he had a chance to have sex on acid before he went…

  23. Anonymous says:

    R.I.P. and we lost a nother wonderfull artist :(
    Soufiane. A.S.O country , from The Netherlands

  24. zyodei says:

    Truly a unique and vibrant soul. Will be missed, will never be far. What an amazing life. Would love to read his auto. Love that flower of life symbol too, so beautiful :-D

  25. Milo says:

    We breathe deeper thanks to you, Leon. Thank you.

  26. mofembot says:

    I updated the reference to Leon in the wikipedia entry for Progeria to note his death. May he rest in peace.

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