The audience sang along from his first to the last song. In all this, one thing was evident—the artist has a huge following in Malawi.
Certainly, those who belittled Cassper Nyovest were surprised on Sunday afternoon as the artist’s performance at Alexander’z Pub in Lilongwe proved more than a worthwhile undertaking.
The delay in kicking off the show did little to dampen the crowd’s appetite for the multi-award-winning South African rapper.
The patience displayed by the patrons in the 45-minute wait before the rapper appeared on stage was surprising considering entertainment lovers’ history of impatience with performers.
Getting down to business, Cassper launched his show with I Hope You Bought It and, even before he got into the groove, patrons were already applauding, singing along to the tune.
“Good evening Malawi. It’s good to be here as my grandfather was from here. Yes, Lilongwe,” he said much to the excitement of the fans.
Cassper went straight to his second hit, but he was visibly disturbed with the sound output.
“The sound wants to spoil the show. Can someone fix this please,” he said as he went to his next two tracks.
The pony-tailed artist then changed the tempo with Ayoba, one of his collaborations currently on rotation on Malawi radio stations. He continued with the upbeat Rands and Nairas and Travel The World, a track off his second album scheduled for release in December.
If the response the song received from the crowd is anything to go by, there is a big hit coming up from the Rainbow Nation which will take Africa by storm.
He continued with highly energetic performance with Gusheshe before performing three songs by fellow South African artists, including Khuli Chana, KO and AKA, in which he asked patrons to sing-along as he recorded a video using his phone as proof to his “homies that I performed their songs together with their Malawian fans”.
Back to his songs, the rapper, born Refiloe Maele Phoolo, performed Phuma’kim and Turn Up Gang, another song from his yet-to-be-released album, before nailing it with Doc Shebeleza.
Caught in the magic of the song, the fans cheered and danced to the song, but the show was over after 55 minutes.
And before the eager patrons could ask for more, Cassper was metres away from the stage, surrounded by his bodyguard in a true A-list celebrity fashion.
Earlier in the day, local artists such as Dali, Physics, Fredokiss, Diktator and Gwamba took turns in entertaining the fans.