South African Hip Hop artist Cassper Nyovest, who was in Malawi for performances over the weekend, had a piece of advice to the country’s musicians, he asked them to be authentic.
The advice came as he was responding to a question by a student from Zingwangwa Secondary School where he went to give a motivational talk on Saturday morning before his first Malawian performance in Blantyre late afternoon.
While observing “Malawian artists are struggling to become successful” through music, the student asked the visiting celebrity “how did you make it?”
The “Doc Shebeleza” rapper replied: “As South Africans we decided to create our own music and give it to the world and that’s how we made it. Authenticity is very important [and] my advice to Malawian artists is that they should be original”.
Probably the best Hip Hop artist on the continent at the moment, Cassper Nyovest said artists ought to realize their potential and put that to good use.
He also indicated that his humility had contributed a lot to his success, as he continues to win awards and touring Africa and the world.
“I’m a goal getter. I take advantage of every opportunity I get sell myself. Am not too cool to ask for help. A lot of people fail to make it because of pride, humility is very important,” he said.
When another student asked Cassper Nyovest to describe himself in three words, he went on to disclose that he was a patient, humble and funny.
During his visit to the secondary school, Nyovest, who traces his roots back to Malawi, spoke about chasing dreams and hard work.
“My grandfather grew up in the village but left Malawi looking for a better life, he had a dream. Everyone has a dream, we have aspirations which determine how far we [are] going to get. You can be whatever you want to be.
“I started my music in my bedroom and wanted to become a big rapper. My friends laughed at me when I said I wanted to become a millionaire and now they look at me as their inspiration,” he shared his story.
Commenting on his trip to Malawi, the rapper expressed his excitement to be in the country and said “it was a special trip”. The 24-year-old indicated it felt amazing to be in Malawi and speak to his people for the first time.
The artist, born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, left Malawi on Monday after his second show at Alexander’s Pub in Lilongwe on Sunday.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :