Born Refiloe Maele Phoolo on 16th of December 1990, he is one of those rappers who left school to pursue their music dreams. He is also one of those rapper who knew definitely they were called to entertain the world with their voices and make a success of it. Many years later, Cassper Nyovest’s decision not to continue with school has paid off brilliantly.
The “Tito Mbowweni” hitmaker is now a household name across Africa. Making it to the top wasn’t a roll in the hay, though. Mufasa was hungry to get to the top, and he fought hard – you may say worked hard – to get there, under the tutelage of the late Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo.
Mufasa’s recollection, during HHP’s memorial, of how HHP took him aside and schooled him in kasi on how to act like a superstar is still hard to forget. Even before one’s star is seen out there by others, one has to recognize it and give it some sheen. Cassper Nyovest has done just that. And the result can better be imagined.
Hard work isn’t exactly all that has kept the “Sponomo Sam” crooner climbing up the ladder of Africa’s music universe. He has learned to be disciplined. He cannot find the muso in the weed-smoking crowd. No.
If weed smoking were his thing, he would probably never have been able to build his own record label (Family Tree), he had said when he blocked rapper A-Reece, a noted weed-smoker, on Twitter.
However, A-Reece would not take back the words he made back in 2017. He would still stick to them: “I’ve been inspired by cassper since 2014 already it’s 2017 and I still am yesterday I got to be a small part of the history made more to come and more to change bless up @CassperNyovest for giving me the opportunity & THANK U to all my $limes for showing up.”
A-Reece wouldn’t be the only one to be inspired by Mufasa. There are thousands of them out there, some of them never articulating how they are being inspired by Mufasa’s life and his story.
Ghanaian rapper Shatta Wale is more vocal about how much Mufasa inspires him and how similar their stories are. Shatta Wale had released the song “Cassper Nyovest” in Mufasa’s honour.
It is a testament to Mufasa’s power and musical influence that he is also being courted all over the place and he is brand ambassador to some companies including the vodka brand Ciroc.
The muso, who was recognized in early October as one of the 100 most influential people of African descent in October this year, has made ambitious attempts to fill up stadia across Mzansi for the past few years. So far, his records of #FillUps have been a success.
There is yet another #FillUp campaign underway. Cassper Nyovest is looking to fill up Moses Mabhida Stadium in December this year. He is also looking forward to releasing his latest album (giving a free copy to every attendee) and going platinum the same day. If he should fill up the stadium, then he would go platinum. He is hard at work on this.
Given Mufasa’s ambitions and streak of success, filling up the stadium and going platinum same day is a possibility.
The Maskandi fever is taking over Mzansi’s music space, and Cassper Nyovest is one artiste who has caught the fever. And he is glad to have caught it. Moving across genres is nothing new to the rapper, as he had collaborated with stars of other genres in the past. And the output has almost always being classics, he would tell you.
Cassper Nyovest may be thought of as a music success, indeed a possessor of a large chunk of Africa’s music success, but the muso is aiming higher yet, as he recently signed a deal with Universal Music to take his music and brand to the next level.
And although it seemed AKA shaded him for goiung Universal Music group, Mufasa is indifferent. He had, after all, danced to an AKA number when it came on at the club the other day. For Mufasa, personal happiness is key; the world may say whatever.
2019 is in the corner and it promises to be another great year for Refiloe Maele Phoolo.