Fun seekers in Blantyre will have a memorable festive season as South Africa’s award-winning rapper Cassper Nyovest is set to perform in the commercial city.
Courtesy of Nyasa Events, the artist, who calls Malawi home, is set to perform at the Bar B Qcues Club on December 11, according to the organisers.
Basking in the glory of his fourth album AMN (Any Minute Now) released on September 11, Nyovest will be performing in Malawi for the third time, having performed in the country in 2015 at College of Medicine Sports Complex and 2017 at the Malawi Square within the Umodzi Park arena which also hosts The President’s Hotel and Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe.
The artist told his local fans in 2015 that he has a special connection with Malawi because his grandfather is from Lilongwe. He further revealed that his real surname is Phiri.
Some of his hit songs include Bonginkosi, Hlengiwe and Amademoni.
In an interview, one of the organisers, James Makunje Jnr said they have earmarked a limited number of people to witness the event.
He said: “The show is for a limited number of people. I can’t disclose the figure but as soon as we get the numbers we want, doors will close. There are no advance tickets as we have issues with that and so they will be sold at the door.”
Makunje said they are working on securing additional parking space for the safety of patrons’ cars.
He added that with the economy battered by the global Covid-19 pandemic, they still had to give their fans something while assessing the situation.
“The economy is bad and not many people are willing to spend on entertainment the way they used to. So, we have to gradually move into shows instead of just going for something big like a stadium gig,” said Makunje.
He said with Covid-19, they cannot start organising the big events.
“We still have our Nyasa Festival that will be happening next year and that will attract a bigger crowd.
“This year we could not hold the festival due to the pandemic but we were ready and had already secured performing artists,” said Makunje.
Meanwhile, the organisers say they will announce more artists in the build-up to the show.
“For now, we have DJs Trick and Slim. We are happy with the support we have always been getting from Malawians and our sponsors. We do not take this for granted,” Makunje said.
The news has left many fans excited and looking forward to the event.
“This will be a perfect way to end a tough and difficult year,” commented Flora Mwale on the event’s flyer posted on Nyasa’s Facebook page.
Mfumu Kadzi added: “We are ready.”
Cassper Nyovest’s show will be the second gig to be headlined by a South African artist in a space of a week in the city.
On December 4, DJ Tira, a South African DJ, record producer and Kwaito artist, will join Lucius Banda and Patience Namadingo at Comesa Hall for the Black and Gold Arts, Culture and Digital Innovation Gala.