International acts with an eye for South Africa may in future have to look elsewhere for a local A-lister celebrity as a curtain-raiser after rapper Cassper Nyovest made his position known on the matter.
Expressing his lack of enthusiasm in furthering the curtain-raiser tag, Nyovest –real name Refiloe Maele Phoolo – stated that he is a musical heavyweight in his own right.
Nyovest pointed out that he sells out mega-shows but reiterated that it would be a dream come true if he would collaborate with artists such as Drake.
“Are you opening for 'Drake' in 'March' bro?” Posed @thatosbreathing in reference to unconfirmed reports that the Canadian rapper was slated to tour South Africa.
To which Nyovest firmly responded: “I'm no longer excited about opening for any international acts in SA because I sell out the venues myself but collaborating with him would be a dream come true. Drizzy a superstar for real!!!!”
Aptly Nicknamed Mr Fill Up, Nyovest is billed as one of the most successful South African rappers of all time and has lived up to his moniker courtesy of his ‘Fill Up’ tours that have seen him break records with tickets sales.
To put it into perspective, the rapper sold out the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg in 2015 and sold over 20,000 tickets, according to local media.
“So much history was made last night! So much peace was in the building! It's bigger than me! Shout out to every single musician that worked on? #FillUpTheDome, backstage and otherwise. Thank you ma ni***s. We made history! Shout out to everybody who bought tickets. Thank you,” he tweeted after the event.
In 2016, Babes Wodumo, Nasty C, Black Motion, Riky Rick and Black Coffee among others graced Orlando Stadium as the rapper hit a new high with a record-breaking attendance of 36,000 fans.
2017 saw Nyovest stun the nation once again after he rocked FNB Stadium in a bold follow-up to his stellar Orlando performance and sold at least 68,000 tickets.
“I think as South Africans we grew up in a system thinking we were second best and not worthy. The reason I do these shows is to change the mind of an African kid,” said Nyovest at the time.
He outdid himself in 2018 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban and reportedly managed to sell 68,000 tickets. The joy he shared on Instagram told it all.
“Durban, tonight was legendary!!!! Thank you!!!! All of you who came out!!! Ya’ll are legends!!! Get home safe. Same time!!! Next year!!! #FillUpMosesMabhida #FilledUpMosesMabhida *video credit: @jabukiing,’ summed up the level of lit the night was. Oh, and did I mention that ‘Mr Fill Up‘ floated above the crowd during the concert?”