On a list of 10, you will find his name among the most resonant voices in South African music. He stands out as much for his musical gifts as for his ability to fill up stadia across Mzansi. He runs the #FillUp series, an annual gathering of music lovers, the first by a solo artiste of South African provenance.
Cassper Nyovest is one rapper conscious of his legacy. He has thus been working his ass off. And he isn’t slackening pace. For his accomplishments to date, he has been honoured over a dozen times. And the honours are still coming…
Recently, the minister of sports, arts and culture in South Africa, Nathi Mthethwa, took to Twitter to acknowledge Cassper Nyovest’s tenacity, courageous spirit and his contributions to South African music. He counted the “Tito Mboweni” hitmaker among those raising the bar in South African music.
In a retweet, Cassper Nyovest thanked the minister for honouring him while he is alive. It means so much to mean, and for good reason, as some fans have pointed.
Thank you for giving me my flowers while i am alive Mr Minister. https://t.co/cOdq0H9Lp9
— R.M Phoolo (@casspernyovest) June 3, 2020
Musicians are seldom honoured until they are cold and dead. Many fans are quick to point out the case of PRO (also called ProKid), one of strong voices in South African hip-hop until his death.