| JABU NKOSI
IT’S UNBELIEVABLE the amount of drama that Cassper Nyovest has had to deal with in preparation for his Fill-Up Moses Mabhida Stadium concert, that I don’t blame him for wearing sunglasses indoors.
I am slowly realising wearing sunglasses indoors is a defence mechanism to hide your true feelings.
I would have done the same thing if I was him.
If you don’t know about the drama that has engulfed Cassper recently, here’s the background:
There were rumours that Cassper was given R56 million to stage the show in Durban by the eThekwini municipality.
There were reports that DJ Tira was sabotaging the concert and was allegedly behind Gagasi FM hosting its annual Beach Fest on the same day.
People were allegedly removing street pole posters advertising the concert.
These are just some of the issues he’s had to deal with. So I will give him a pass for wearing sunglasses indoors. Imagine preparing for what could be your best concert yet but the city you are bringing it to is hostile?
I can’t help but wonder if he regrets bringing his show to Durban. It turns out he doesn’t.
“No regrets at all. There have been issues to fix, yes, but I wouldn’t say I’m demotivated by it. Our marketing has been majorly affected, and the overall preparations for the show. But we have to soldier on,” he said.
He still wants to put on the best show he’s ever done.
“I can’t wait to deliver this worldclass show for KZN people. More than anything, my fans deserve this!”
It’s a full-circle moment for Cassper. His first performance in Durban was with the late HHP.
“He had a tour with Castle and I was his hype man and I had a verse on a song of his. Some shows were hard because of the language divide. His music had a lot of Tswana and Durban was one of those places that wouldn’t respond as loudly as other cities. So he would look to me and tell me to dance to get the crowd hyped up. The crowd would always lose it.”
And with KZN being so different from Joburg, in terms of it being a city that is unapologetic about its love for dance music, kwaito and maskandi, he has done extensive research to make sure that he makes the people at the concert happy.
“It’s an urban show and the concept is very much from township culture. Kwaito, maskandi, dance and hip hop will all form part of the show. We did extensive research for the show. We had people on the ground to find out what people want. Like maskandi music is really huge in Durban and so that’s why I have a track with Shwi Nomtekhala, to cater to that. The dance element is where Babes Wodumo comes in, because I have collabed with her and a guy called Danger Flex who’s a choreographer and he’s going to be at the show, too.”
Themes haven’t been a major part of the “Fill-Up” concerts, but he’s clearly seeing that it gives each show a distinct difference, as he saw with last year’s Mufasa-themed show at the FNB Stadium.
“For #FillUpTheDome we didn’t really have a theme. I was doing it to show execution by a hood kid at the highest possible level. #FillUpOrlandoStadium also had no theme, but there was a specific direction we were taking. #FillUpFNBStadium was themed Mufasa.”
Cassper recently revealed that he would release a kwaito album. He’s moving away from boxing himself into just being classified as a rapper. He wants to be known as a musician. It does come as no surprise since kwaito has been a huge influence on him over the years, from his breakout Doc Shebeleza to his latest Get Getsa, he has infused kwaito into his brand of hip hop. But why now?
“Timing. It’s the right time. It is who we are! I’ve been doing it over the years but now I just decided to make a full kwaito project, you know, give the genre the respect it deserves as created by our legends.”
I guess it’s fitting that Cassper is bringing the show to Durban, where he did one of his best performances in his career. It was the 2015 Metro FM Music Awards and Cassper was the hottest new musician in the industry. Doc Shebeleza was a smash hit. With just the song playing in the background, Cassper dropped the mic and took to the stage with dance crew Freeze Frame. It was a martial arts-themed performance and they all wore red. The audience was transfixed and I didn’t see a single person sitting down after that performance.
After Fill-up, he’s taking on FNB Stadium at one of his biggest performances to date – the Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, where he will perform on the same stage as Beyoncé, Jay Z, Usher, Ed Sheeran, WizKId, D’Banj and Tiwa Savage. “I’ve been given 30 minutes and I’ve prepared an amazing performance.”