By Harold Kapindu
Lilongwe, March 24, 2015, Mana: South Africa’s multi award winning Hip Hop artist Cassper Nyovest was in the country performing a series of concerts alongside local urban artists in Lilongwe and Blantyre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The artist arrived on Friday 20 March at Chileka Airport in Blantyre and attended a pre-party at Chez Mtemba where Malawi’s own Gwamba, Mafo and Dali performed.
On Saturday and Sunday, Cassper performed at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre and Alexander’s Pub in Lilongwe respectively. Local urban artists Dictator, Phyzix and Fredokiss among others curtained raised both concerts.
Despite the main act wowing the crowd, it was intriguing to see fans enjoying their home grown talent on the dance floor.
In an interview with Mana on Tuesday, artist manager and radio DJ Kenny Klips said the audience showed maturity and patriotism.
“This is a very welcome development. We have complained for a long time that the locals don’t support local industry. This is a sign that we are maturing and learning how to promote one another,” explained Klips.
He further urged local artists to practice and perfect stage performances to match international standards saying; “One can easily differentiate a local from international performance. Artists need to learn how to check their vocal projections and they must communicate well with a DJ if they are using CDs.”
In his remarks, Cassper Nyovest who also has Malawian roots said the trip was nothing short of amazing.
“I got to see my roots and perform for my people. They came out in numbers and sang along to every song. I spoke at a school in Blantyre where I motivated kids and I’m literally living my dream.
“Grandfather would have been proud. I can’t wait to show my grandmother all the videos back home. Malawi I will be back, I love you,” He explained.
Nyovest, 24, has one of the top-selling albums of 2014, “Tsholofelo,” whose tracks won awards at the 2014 Channel O Music Awards. He won Most Gifted Male, Most Gifted Southern African artist, along with most gifted video of the year for his energetic song, “(Doc Shebeleza).”