December 2nd 2017 will go down in history as a groundbreaking day for not only South African hip hop, but for the music industry in its entirety as Cassper Nyovest, armed with little more than a dream, filled up FNB Stadium with 68 000 fans.
The night belonged to ”Mufasa” as he shared his biggest moment and impressive catalogue with numerous South African acts on a stunning multimedia stage enfolded by massive mufasa sculptures on each end.
Cass kicked off his awe-inspiring performance with hits from his early days, taking us through Gusheshe and Phumakim, cuts from his debut album Tsholofelo.
A slick transition introduced Black Motion for a brief appearance for their Rainbow smash-hit to the delight of the 68 000 strong audience.
Although the Mahotella Queens couldn’t make it due to their performance out in Italy, the Malome performance was possibly the most moving moment of the night, what a special song.
HHP and Thasman came out to give us a nostalgic rendition of their 2010 hit Wam Tseba Motho O.
Riky Rick gave us his latest anthem Stay Shining and Sidlukotini before Cassper brought out his Family Tree signees Tshego and Nadia for a memorable performance. The Family Tree trio gave us Nadia’s NAA MEAAN! and Tshego’s The Vibe, both featuring Cassper before being joined on stage by Gemini Major and Riky for an electric Ragga Ragga act.
Afrotainment’s DJ Tira brought us Durban’s best in Gqom, a set that included live appearances by Babes Wodumo, Mampintsha, Distruction Boyz and Dladla Mshunqisi. From dance-floor fillers Ganda Ganda, Omunye, Sofa Silahlane, Memeza, and Malume, to a rousing dance-off between Babes Wodumo and Cassper for his feature Babes’ Family, the Gqom set was epic.
As if that wasn’t enough, Kwesta came out to perform a song that Cassper referred to as ‘the song that saved my life last year’, multi-platinum selling N’gud. After a briefly walking off stage, the crowd chanted “Spirit” until Kwesta came back for a hyped Spirit performance.
Cassper capped off a magical night with Doc Shebeleza and Tito Mboweni as fire-works lit up FNB stadium for a night that will be remembered for years to come.
Again, armed with nothing but a dream, Cassper, an everyday inspiration, continues to show us how reaching our dreams is possible for even the average South African.
From Maftown to stadium status, shout-out to Mufasa!