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Cassper wows Woodlands Stadium

CASSPER

KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
THE moment it was announced that award-winning South African rapper Cassper Nyovest would be performing at what was being called the first-ever Hip- Hop Festival, it was clear that the show was always going to be about him.
Yes, there was a rich list of local musicians who were lined up to perform; Macky II and Slap D fronted that category, but just like at the Zambian Breweries-sponsored Mosi Day of Thunder in Livingstone, local artistes had to do with being in Cassper’s shadows.
At Woodlands Stadium in Lusaka last Saturday, Cassper appeared on stage after midnight, and all hell broke loose, but in a positive way. Security people were given a tough time; it was like the show was all about Cassper, who has the distinction of being the first South African artiste to fill up the 20,000-capacity The Dome in Johannesburg.
At Woodlands, fans jostled to hold Cassper’s famous ponytail as well as have a clear view of him.
He had performed songs like Malome, Mama I Made It, Le Mpitse and the highly popular Doc Shebeleza, Ghetto and Way Up.
Who would want to miss out on Doc Shebeleza?
Feel among his followers, the reason why they made their way to Woodlands Stadium and were able to wait until after midnight for him to perform.
Other local musicians that performed at the festival included Macky II, Slap D, Petersen, Mic Burner, Bobby East, Tiye P, Brisky, Camstar, Jae Cash, Wilz and Alkani.
Other diamonds in the rough rappers from both the Copperbelt and Lusaka were given an opportunity to perform at the festival that was organised by Good Life Studios and Transblasts Entertainment.
After the festival, debate emerged online with Petersen asking why hip-hop artistes like Ruff Kaida were not invited for the event, yet an artiste like himself who does not belong to the genre performed.
Others went further to say not even Macky II should have been at the festival as he is equally not a hip-hop artiste.
Well, it is a debate that was first raised at the Stanbic Bank-sponsored Jazz Festival which had non-jazz artistes headlining the show.
The simple response is that even Jay-Z has headlined the Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom. According to some, only guitar bands should headline the Glastonbury, which has a rich heritage as a folk arts festival yet you had a rapper headlining it.

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