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Cassper Nyovest Biography.



Cassper Nyovest born as Refiloe Maele Phoolo

On 16 December 1990) is a South African Hip Hop artist, songwriter, entrepreneur, and record producer. He was born and raised in a town Mahikeng, North West, South Africa.

Cassper is regarded as one of the most successful artists in and the richest  In South Africa in 2014. He founded his own private record label, Family Tree Records where he released his famous debut studio album Tsholofelo in 2014 which had many hit singles like “Gusheshe” and “Doc Shebeleza”.

Nyovest had a successful concert in 2015 which was held at Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg which triggered him to pursue more concerts in different stadiums annually, including Orlando Stadium IN 2016, FNB Stadium in  2017, all in Johannesburg, Moses Mabhida Stadium in 2018 in Durban, and Royal Bafokeng Stadium in 2019 in North West.

On 31st October 2015, Nyovest released his eponymous studio album, he titled Refiloe, at his Fill Up The Dome concert. He featured many artists in the album including The Game, DJ Drama, Stonebwoy and Casey Veggies. 

Other albums followed the success trend include third album Thuto (2018) his kwaito fourth studio album, Sweet and Short (2019 )

Early life

Refiloe Maele Phoolo popularly known as Cassper Nyovest was born on 16 December 1990 in a town called Mafikeng, a borough of North West, to his parents Muzuki and Letsebela Phoolo.

He has two siblings, a sister Tsholofelo Phoolo, and the late brother Khotso Phoolo who passed on in 2003

As a student in Sol Plaatjie Secondary School in Mahikeng, South Africa, where he participated in several sporting activities.

 In 2006, he started rapping at the age of 12, this led to his failure in Grade 10 exams then he moved to his grandmother’s house in Potchefstroom. 

Subsequently, he dropped out of High School due to poor performance.

Nyovest relocated to Johannesburg in pursuit of his musical career in 2008 he informed his parents that he would rather chase his dream than continue education, which he strongly believed that would work out.

He was quoted as saying  ‘’I told my parents that I’d rather chase my dream, which I believe is going to work out’’ -Cassper Nyovest.

Personal life

In July 2015, Boitumelo Thulo and Cassper Nyovest confirmed they were both dating officially on cover Drum magazine after several denials in the past. The magazine suggested that they were engaged which Nyovest denied claiming that the magazine was trying to increase sales with the false claim. The relationship didn’t last as it ended in December 2015.


2004–2014: Beginnings and Tsholofelo

Earlier in 2004, Nyovest formed a hip-hop group named Childhood Gangsta with his hood guys while at the age of 13.

He left the group to join another hip hop group named Slow Motion, which had eight members including a producer named Aashish Gangaram of Ganja Beatz.

Refiloe Maele later signed a deal with a record label called Motswako record label Impact Sounds.

In 2006, this same record label signed other South African artists including Morafe and Tuks Senganga.

In 2008, both parties, (Nyovest and Impact Sounds) separated due to irreconcilable differences, which made Nyovest an independent artist.

Nyovest was later discovered by a hip hop legend, Hip Hop Pantsula while performing on the stage. He then moved to establish his own record label ‘’Family Tree Records’’ in 2014, after moving back home. In 2013, Nyovest debuted with a track he called Gusheshe which he featured Okmalumkoolkat.

 His second single, “Doc Shebeleza”, which was also released in 2014 named for kwaito artist Doc Shebeleza. The song was positively accepted by various south African acts including the beautiful Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Nyovest released his debut album On July  18, 2014, named Tsholofelo, which he named after his only sister. The album recorded great success, topping the chart on the iTunes SA consecutively for two months. In October that same year, he was ranked number 1 on the MTV Base show.

18 July 2014, Nyovest released his debut album ‘’Tsholofelo’’ named after his sister. The album was an outstanding success, peaking number 1 on the iTunes SA album chart for 2 consecutive months (July and August). 

He became number one on MTV Base Show in October 2014, Nyovest went on to become The Hottest MC in Africa and was ranked no.2 on MTV SA’s Hottest MCs that same year.

2015–2016: Refiloe

Main article: Refiloe

Sequel to the success recorded by Tsholofelo, Nyovest released limited copies of 10,000 the platinum edition of the album on 17 April 2015 which included a few new tracks with collaboration with Wizkid, Casey Veggies, DJ Drama, and Anatii.

On 31 October 2015 Nyovest announced the concert at Ticketpro Dome, Johannesburg called ‘’Fill Up The Dome’’. He was quoted as saying, “I want to fill the dome, which currently accommodates up to 20,000 people, to its full capacity”.

Nyovest released his lead single Mama I Made It (#MIMI)  from the second album on 14 August 2015. He sold out the tickets for that event as he announced on his Twitter account.

The Refiloe album was certified gold because ticket buyers received a complimentary copy of the album on that day, certified platinum for 40,000 copies shipments domestically.

On 29 October 2016 Nyovest announced his second ‘’Fill Up Orlando Stadium’’ at Orlando Stadium, Soweto in Johannesburg. It was a huge success as a massive audience turned up to the event as there was a total of 40,000 (stadium’s capacity) attendance. 

Nyovest was ranked no.1 on MTV Base SA’s Hottest MCs list in both 2015 and 2016 and also ranked number 1 on the Hottest Rapper in Africa since 2014.

2017–present: Thuto and Sweet and Short

On 5th May,  Cassper Nyovest released a lead single titled ‘’Tito Mboweni’’ from his third album, named ‘’THUTO’’ the name of the single was named after South Africa’s Minister of Finance and The Former SARB governor Tito Mboweni third album Thuto.  The single had a commercially popular catchphrase ‘’sha sha’’ which is the sound of money notes.

The album was certified old on the very day it was released by RiSA, it didn’t take more than a month when it was certified platinum. 

Nyovest stepped up his game on 17th November 2017, when he announced his third “Fill Up” event, at the 94,736 capacity stadium, FNB Stadium, Johannesburg

It was his biggest challenge ever, he planned to fill only 75,000 of its capacity. Nyovest this time around didn’t meet up to his expectation as he had difficulties in funding the event, which he luckily got big sponsors like Ciroc SA, SAABC1 and Budweiser. 

Nyovest dropped his fourth album in 2018, titled ‘’Sweet and Short’’. The Album was certified platinum on the day it was dropped.

On 1st December, Nyovest reduced his expectations for another  “Fill Up” concert held at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban. 

This time, he was able to sell 68,000 tickets which were a huge success. Nyovest performed at the Motsepe Foundation presented the event the following day, Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 headlined by Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

On 15 December 2019, Nyovest took his fifth annual “Fill Up” home and performed at the event at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, a city of North West the province of his nativity.


A lot of hip hop fans criticized Nyovest for abandoning the genre, this triggered his massive comeback in 2020, with a dope track called GOOD FOR THAT.



Nyovest got several endorsements with several brands, the biggest of them was with vodka brand, Ciroc.

He was also endorsed by MTN and AG Mobile in launching a smartphone named AG Hashtag. Other brands include Shoprite, Samsung South Africa, Coca-Cola, KFC SA, Castle Lite and Nike SA.


Nyovest’s biggest rival AKA started a feud that began in 2014 when Nyovest claimed to have the biggest song in South Africa Hip Hop, this prompted AKA who was promoting his new single then, responded in a tweet ‘’ There is a raper running around saying he got the biggest song in the country… i challenge you to find his song in the iTunes top 100’’.

In a swift reaction, Cassper responded through a tweet to clarify why his song was bigger than AKA. This prompted harsh reactions from both rappers on the timeline on several tweets.

They were booked to perform on SABC1 music show, Live Amp in August 2014. This triggered a physical fight as a  member of AKA’s group allegedly pulled a gun on Cassper and his team.

In 2015, Nyovest Cassper reported that AKA slapped him which caused both rappers to release diss tracks. 

In 2018 Nyovest established that he would never reconcile with AKA, this has seemed to be true as both hon each order’s neck to date.

On Feb 25, 2020, he replied to Prince Kaybee that he is so obsessed with him in a tweet.

‘’You’re so obsessed with me my dawg. Lol… Like it’s worrying. I’m just living my life nje tryna push and 2 minutes, 2 minutes o bua ka nna. Kante ke eng sese kana kana Kabelo? While you’re out there thinking of me, please stream my new single ‘’:

On March 2020 a fan asked Cassper about his record label family tree studio, he replied Contractor Flees |Cassper’s Contractor Flees With Funds For His Studio!

Cassper’s Contractor Flees With Funds For His Studio! Cassper works very hard and has business ideas,and in his brand, especially his record label, Family Tree. 

Unfortunately, the project has a great setback as there seem to be serious issues holding the process.. 

Lawsuits and civil disputes

“Fill Up” trademark

In 2018,  Nyovest wrote cease and desist letter to Xitsonga musician, Benny Mayengani who was to carry out his concert named, #FillUpGiyaniStadium. He accused them of using his Trademarked similar phrase ‘’FILL UP’’

However, a thorough investigation revealed that Nyovest did not trademark the phrase and therefore can not take any action.

Awards and nominations

Nyovest received several both local and international awards and nominations.

In 2013  he won four awards at the second edition of the South Africa Hip Hop Awards.

In April, he was nominated at the 12th Headies Award in Nigeria in the category of Best African Artiste alongside Nasty C, Sarkodie from Ghana, Kenyan group Sauti Sol, and Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee.

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Biography: Uncle Vinny is the most influential kid in mzansi




Can we all agree that Uncle Vinny is the most influential kid in mzansi.

Uncle Vinny filled up Braam, that kid is influencial!!

Cassper Nyovest has described him as legend. When asked why he attributed that tag to him, when he doesn’t have any music catalogue to start with, he explained.

He isn’t a musician, how would he have a catalog. He managed to shake the culture. I met Vinny when he was 13. He was doing interviews backstage. To see today is just beautiful. Definitely a legend!!!

Uncle Vinny #unclevinny, This is one of the current most searched keywords by amapiano lovers on google.

Who is Uncle Vinny?

Uncle Vinny whose real name is Kabelo Vincent Ndlovu (aka Uncle Vinny), is a young creative who is changing the pop culture with his unique style of dance, Lifestyle and Music. The young entertainer took SA by storm with his raving growing audience which has left many numb. He’s an emcee, actor, radio presenter and event curator.

How did Uncle Vinny start his career?

According to him, Young Uncle Vinny started his career in Grade 9 as a radio presenter on Hillbrow Radio Station and he was one of the youngest radio presenters in SA.

How did Uncle Vinny become popular?

Uncle Vinny, aka Kabelo Vincent Ndlovu, had kicked off his career at Hillbrow Radio Station as a presenter. He has already worked with some amazing musical artists, including Frank CasinoRiky RickCassper Nyovest, etc.

Professionally recognized as a musical artist, Uncle Vinny is a hip-hop artist. Also, he is an emcee, radio presenter, curator, and actor. Currently, he works as an ambassador and promoter at Puma.

He is closely affiliated with Cotton Fest, Major League Djz and he has performed at Nasty C’s Ivyson Tour and also made history as the youngest person to ever present an award at the South African Hip Hop Awards.

How old is Uncle Vinny?

Uncle Vinny just turn 19 years old. He celebrated his 19th birthday in Braamfontein Neighbourg Goods market filled to the brim by fans who trooped out to see him perform.

He posted a picture with his aunt on social media. He He was in grade 9, probably 12 to 13 years old, when he had started his musical career. 

Does Uncle Vinny have any song?

As of now, he just features on music videos VIDEO: Majorsteez – Lies Ft. Costa Titch & Uncle Vinny, Majorsteez – Lies Ft. Costa Titch & Uncle Vinny

Follow Uncle Vinny on Instagram.

Who Is His Father?

Uncle Vinny has mentioned on his Instagram that his father is Riky Rick.

Riky Rick, aka Rikhado Makhado, is a world-famous South African rapper and songwriter. However, his Wikipedia shows that he has just one child – Maik Daniel Makhado

Thus, we aren’t sure if he is the actual parent of Uncle Vinny. Apart from Instagram, we can find the young artist on Facebook, where he has around 1.1 thousand followers.

Uncle Vinny Girlfriend

Just at 19, Uncle Vinny has not got a girlfriend right now.

Even though he is still in his teens, he can definitely get a girl easily. However, the talented artist has not shown much interest in his love life as he seems to be quite focused on his musical career.

Uncle Vinny Net Worth Explored

Uncle Vinny’s estimated net worth is still not known.

Since he is a young and growing artist, we can claim that he doesn’t have a net worth of more than thousands. In fact, we have no idea about his earnings too.

However, being successful at such a young age shows that his future is bright, and the boy will earn huge in the future.

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RIP: SA Hip Hop loses Nish to Covid-19 (Life, Biography, Awards, Death)




The South African Hip Hop fraternity mourns the death of rapper and Skwatta Kamp member Musawenkosi “Nish” Molefe,

Nish Born Musawenkosi Molefe in August 20, 1978DiedFebruary 5, 2021 (aged 42). He died as a result of covid-19.

Musawenkosi “Nish” Molefe was a South African musician and a member of the hip hop group Skwatta Kamp. He died on 5 February 2021.

His Educational Background
Nish attended John Orr Technical High School, and left to focus on his musical career.

Musical Career

His career kickstarted in 2002 when he joined the group Skwatta Camp, a South African Hip Hop group. They released their debut album titled Shut En John, later followed by Mkhukhu Funkshen in 2003, which sold for over 25,000 copies.

In 2004, they released another project titled Washumkhukhu in 2004, which they delayed for over 5 years before dropping another project titled Fair and Skwear.

In early 2018, Skwatta Kamp released, There you go a song dedicated to celebrate Flabba’s life. On 10 November 2018, the group released a single, titled Mama Akekho, leading up to their album release in 2019.


As part of Skwatta Kamp, Nish won numerous awards including two SAMA Awards for best rap album and a CHANNEL O best hip hop music video award.


Musawenkosi “Nish” Molefe died on 5 February 2021. He became the second member from the group Skwatta Kamp who has passed. The cause of death was confirmed as Covid-19.

Mzansi has been pouring out tribute to the friends and family z who are currently living in so much pain of losing Legend.

Musawenkosi “Nish” Molefe was a member of the 2-time SAMA Best Rap Album award winning group Skwatta Kamp.

Many Hip Hop fans fell in love with Hip hop because of Skwatta Kamp and that awakened alot inside of them out pouring emotional condolences.

It’s a sad day for hip hop, RIP Nish, may your soul rest in peace. Love and light to his family and friends.

Check out other condolences below.

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RIP: Larry King dies of Covid 19 at 87




Larry King

CNN President Jeff Zucker said, “We mourn the passing of our colleague Larry King. The scrappy young man from Brooklyn had a history-making career spanning radio and television. His curiosity about the world propelled his award-winning career in broadcasting, but it was his generosity of spirit that drew the world to him.”

“We are so proud of the 25 years he spent with CNN, where his newsmaker interviews truly put the network on the international stage,” Zucker said. “From our CNN family to Larry’s, we send our thoughts and prayers, and a promise to carry on his curiosity for the world in our work.”

In 2019, he suffered a stroke that left him unable to walk on his left foot, and he was sometimes seen using a wheelchair afterwards.

On Jan. 2, King was hospitalised for COVID-19 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a source close to the King family told ABC News.

“I never thought I’d be 86,” King told Page Six at the time. “My father died when he was 43, 44. I thought I would die too.”

“I have no complaints. Everything that’s happened to me, I’m grateful for,” he told the publication. “Maybe that sounds cliché, but I’m really, really grateful.”

The award-winning newsman was known for his gravel baritone, signature suspenders and straight-forward questions, a style honed over the course of tens of thousands of interviews on the radio and television.

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger, the Brooklyn native wanted to be on the radio from a young age. After graduating high school, he got his first radio job in Florida in the 1950s. He got his first break on-air in Miami — and became known by the moniker Larry King, which is now his legal name.

In 1978, he began hosting “The Larry King Show,” a national radio program on Mutual Broadcasting System that he helmed until stepping down in 1994.

During that time, he also made the move to TV. He hosted the CNN program “Larry King Live” from 1985 to 2010. Oprah Winfrey notably endorsed Barack Obama on the show during the 2008 presidential campaign.

In recent years, King hosted “Larry King Now” on Hulu, RT American and Ora TV, a production company King co-founded with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in 2012. He was also hosting “Politicking with Larry King” on the channels until his death.

Over the course of his long, illustrious career, King has not been immune to controversy. In 2019, he unknowingly filmed a Chinese propaganda infomercial in a fake interview with a Russian journalist, as reported by ProPublica. “I never should have done it, obviously,” King told the publication.

King has also authored several books, done voice work in TV shows and movies, including “Shrek 2” and “Bee Movie,” and appeared in films such as “Ghostbusters.”

In 1988, a year after he survived a heart attack, the newsman founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help those with heart disease pay for their medical treatment.

A lifelong Dodgers fan, from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, King was often seen behind home plate at Dodgers Stadium.

King was married eight times to seven women and had five children. In August, he revealed that two of his children died within weeks of each other. Andy, 65, died of a heart attack on July 28, and Chaia, 51, passed away on Aug. 20 shortly after a lung cancer diagnosis.

He is survived by his sons, Larry, Chance and Cannon, as well as nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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