Cassper Nyovest Biography
Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo on 16 December 1990 in a Mafikeng village called Montshiwa, CassperNyovest love for performing before crowds developed at an early age in primary school where he’d always fight to be on every single play and show.
Inspired by his late brother “Khotso Motebang Phoolo” who was a rapper but sadly passed on in 2003, Cassper decided to take on the music world and hasn’t looked back since. In 2008 at age 17 Cassper got a record deal with “Impact Sounds”, arguably the strongest Motswako label at the time with artists like Tuks Senganga & Morafe. After committing 2 full years of his career without signs of his album dropping he decided to part ways with the label to start his own label “Press Play Music”.
Hip Hop Pantsula featured Cassper on his album Dumela joint ‘Wam tseba Mtho’, heavily contributing to his respect by the game as a Motswako artist. HHP’s “Wam Tseba Mtour” put him at stages across South Africa. Working with Jabba has boosted Cassper’s young music career to amazing levels, performing all over South Africa multiple times, and crossing over to international shows in Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Mozambique. He also toured with HHP and Tuks to UK in December 2011 performing in Camden, London and Milton Keyes.
This year, Cassper Nyovest teamed up with OkMalumKoolKat to produce one of the best South African rap tracks of the year, “Gusheshe”. “Gusheshe” has also given Cassper Nyovest nominations for the upcoming SA Hip Hop Awards in the categories: “Best Video”, “Best Collaboration”, “Song of The Year” and “Best Freshman”.
What do you think is the relevance of indigenous language in giving African Hip Hop a unique, exportable identity?
I don’t know how to answer this question… I’m also caught in between the western influence and the urge to discover an African sound.
What are you looking forward to the most about performing at Maftown Heights this year?
I wanna F**k S**t up!
Why should people come see you at Maftown Heights this year/What can they expect?
Because my mom is gonna be there and I wouldn’t want her to see an empty show… She would be on some “You’re good nana mara batho ba kae kante”.. Lol.. Well man.. They should expect to see the rise of a living legend.. Haha.. Yo man.. Just come to the show, it’s gonna be dope!!