Cassper Nyovest releases anticipated Kwaito inspired album ahead of #FillUpMosesMabhidaStadium
Casseper Nyovest and December are a natural pair and this is because of his now annual, #FillUp concerts which take place at the first weekend of December. Just a day shy of the popular concert, the Gets Getsa 2.0 hitmaker has unveiled his fourth studio album, Sweet N Short.
Cassper Nyovest has never been shy to show who and what his influences are in especially when it comes to music. With Sweet N Short, he pays homage to Kwaito music as a whole and how it has influenced him growing up.
The 9 track album features little features and is mostly just Nyovest doing what he does best, make songs that people can relate to. DJ Sumbody, Frank Casino, Shwi Nomtekhala and Boskasie make an appearance in the album.
The album samples TKZee and carries influences from the likes of celebrated veteran rappers, Amu and Skwatta Kamp. Kwaito royalty, Booga Love and Mapaputsi are also some of the influences we hear. Cassper Nyovest is effortless on some tracks and it is easy to see why he is at the top of his game, 5 years later.
Joints like Ayoba, Remote Control and Who Got The Block Hot are clear favourites because of the unapologetic street vibe and nostalgia. And the production and entertainment value of this album is incredibly crisp!
We in studio with cast of #fillUpMosesMabhida @TdkMacassette talking about her journey in the music industry and the frustrations of it with @DJFreshSA @AngieKhumalo @somizi @M_Letsholonyane #FreshBreakFast pic.twitter.com/Q7ZDeZx1ZS
— METROFM SABC (@METROFMSA) November 30, 2018
Sponono Sam’ was the third song off the album and it was loved by fans because of the message it carried. It’s a proven fact, people love rappers who can show off their soft side! And well, you know how well Gets Getsa 2.0 and Hase Mo States are doing on the charts so lets not even go there.
It looks like we are a day away until this album goes platinum! Will you be there to witness history?
Sweet N Shot is available for purchase on all major digital stores.
Could 2019 Finally Be The Year For Mzekekeze’s Big Come Back?
If you were alive in the early 2000’s then you may remember how huge Kwaito music was. TS Records, owned by DJ Sbu and Thembinkosi Nciza produced some of the most stellar artists who dominated the charts and won countless awards. This was a major deal because TS Records was an independent label. Artists who we consider the cream of the crop at the time included Brown Dash, Brickz, Mafikizolo and the balaclava-wearing Mzekezeke.
The Mzekezeke and DJ Sbu situation being the one in the same is long so we won’t get into that. But in October of last year the duo announced that they are forming a new record label together. This was after TS records closed down due to both DJ Sbu and TK Nciza decided to focus on their individual business ventures.
Mzekezeke’s come back has been warmly received so far
The new label is called Mzekezeke Music and the first release was DJ Sbu’s soulful house joint titled Beautiful featuring Portia Monique. The second being Mzekekzeke’s first official come back single Gqom single, Nay Lento which was surprisingly warmly received.
So this begs the question, is this the year that Mzekekzeke will finally be making an official and unrelenting come back? We think so.
Mzekezeke has always been illusive and a little of an enigma. Even though we have always suspected that he is DJ Sbu, there was never a slip up or a confirmation of this. This may work to keep his relevance up to a younger audience. Plus if he is already working on new music which appeals to people who haven’t heard of him, this may be advantageous for him.
At the moment there is an interest in authentic South African sounds from the global audience and from within the country. We are beginning to appreciate the beautiful influence that Kwaito has had on our music. Cassper Nyovest, Okmalumkoolkat and Kwesta have been incorporating elements of the genre into their sound and creating a fusion of Hip Hop and Kwaito. If Mzekezeke hops on this trend and brings back that essence of the sound he had in his glory days, this could work.
The charm of the Mzekezeke persona has always been his authenticity and singing about issues that we laugh at in our private corners. The world never gets tired on genuine energy so this may be one thing that works in his favour.
What do you think? Is 2019 the year Mzekezeke comes back in a huge way?
Check out the visuals for Nay Lento below!