Harare welcomes Nyovest, Prince Kaybee. . . as SA artistes find rich hunting ground in Zim

FIRST it was Oskido, then came Nasty C, before Shekhainah shut things down at Unplugged and now the biggest South African rapper is headed to Zimbabwe.
Cassper Nyovest, the hip-hop star that needs no introduction in these parts as he set Glamis Arena alight on his previous visit and dance-electronic artiste Prince Kaybee, are headed to Harare for a double bill on September 22.

Pencilled for Glamis Arena, the show is powered by Events Evolution, a new kid on the block, with dreams to transform the entire showbiz industry.

While the Tito Mboweni hit-maker makes a welcome return to Harare after his debut last year, Prince Kaybee will be performing in Zimbabwe for the first time, making the double bill a must-attend gig.

Prince Kaybee
Prince Kaybee

Prince Kaybee has churned out a number of club bangers such as “Charlotte” featuring Lady Zamar, “Banomoya” featuring Busiswa (who has performed in Harare before at Miss World Zimbabwe) and the remix of “Club Controller” ,among many other hits and sing-alongs.

Events Evolution representatives have said the finest local artistes to go with the aforementioned South African superstars will be announced in due course.

“There definitely will be local stars on the bill. We have deliberately delayed the announcement for marketing purposes,” said a representative of the promotions company.

Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, Cassper Nyovest is a recording artiste and record producer. His debut album “Tsholofelo” was released under his own independent label and media company, Family Tree. In 2013, he released “Gusheshe” as the first official single from his debut album, “Tsholofelo”. The single was well received and play listed at various radio stations across South Africa.

It was accompanied by a music video which premiered on Vuzu’s V-Entertainment. After “Gusheshe”, he released his second single titled “Doc Shebeleza”, which saw him gain major success.

The song peaked at number four on South Africa’s official music chart. The song received positive reviews from the public and other South African acts, including Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

In October 2014, Cassper Nyovest was ranked number one on “The Hottest MC in Africa” list by MTV Base and was subsequently ranked number two on MTV Base’s SA Hottest MC list with K.O at number one. Nyovest criticised the list because of DJ Vigilante’s close affiliation with Cashtime Life rapper K.O.

He stated that Vigilante should not have been on the ranking panel and showed his discontent with the list by releasing a song titled “Beef” in which he disses DJ Vigilante, AKA and K.O. It quickly sparked controversy after which the rapper later apologised to K.O for a line on the song.

Recently, he made headlines again after he weighed in on a debate about artistes dying broke. Social media users claimed that the Doc Shebeleza hit-maker was evidence of an industry that splurges instead of saving.

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