Cassper Nyovest is straight-up killing it, and he's only just getting started. He recently scooped Best Hip Hop Artist at the MTV Africa Music Awards, adding more bling to his already impressive collection of awards.
"It's crazy, my album [Tsholofelo] dropped on iTunes on this day a year ago," said Cassper on Twirra from the backstage at the MAMAs. "Nineteen awards and a platinum plaque later!"
What's inspiring about Cassper is that, from day one, he's maintained ownership of his art – pushing his music on his own label, Family Tree. And now he's got a new dream… to take things to the next level he wants to fill the Coca-Cola Dome in Jozi.
The venue takes 20 000 people and Cassper has vowed to pack it to capacity, which he claims will "… go down in history as the first South African one man concert at the Dome."
The show is billed for 31 October and ticket sales hit the web on Saturday 1 August, available at TicketPro outlets.
"Ever since I was a kid I dreamt about a day like this," says Cassper. "Lights! Music! 20 000 people screaming my name! Was it a selfish dream? Was it about power? Was it about fame? Was it even realistic? I mean I'm good at what I do but I'm no Kanye West or Christ Brown right? Wrong!"
This may seam like a Facebook ego rant, but Cassper goes on to make some interesting points…
"For a very long time we have put our South African stars second in line. Whether it is radio airplay or sales. It's high time all that stops because we are the future and we have all it takes to take over the world and it starts here."
Some fans are grumbling about doing such a big show without new material, but you can't deny that it's a brave move and an important statement about valuing local music on a level with international artists.
Whether or not he pulls it off, Cassper deserves a big up for fearlessly busting down the doors of the music biz, starting his own label and being recognized as the best rapper in Africa.