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EDITORS’ NOTES

Motswako rapper Cassper Nyovest’s third studio release, Thuto, sees the “Doc Shebeleza” mogul hustle harder than ever before. Named after his older sister and following on from its chartbusting lead single (“Tito Mboweni”), the result is a mature, slickly produced LP that thrills through brutal honesty paired with hard-hitting snare beats. Several industry heavyweights contribute to the MTV Africa Music Award winner’s swaggering musical alchemy—including Black Thought (The Roots), Nadia Nakai and Tshego (Family Tree) and “Nafukwa” star Riky Rick.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Motswako rapper Cassper Nyovest’s third studio release, Thuto, sees the “Doc Shebeleza” mogul hustle harder than ever before. Named after his older sister and following on from its chartbusting lead single (“Tito Mboweni”), the result is a mature, slickly produced LP that thrills through brutal honesty paired with hard-hitting snare beats. Several industry heavyweights contribute to the MTV Africa Music Award winner’s swaggering musical alchemy—including Black Thought (The Roots), Nadia Nakai and Tshego (Family Tree) and “Nafukwa” star Riky Rick.

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About Cassper Nyovest

South African producer/songwriter Cassper Nyovest was born Refiloe Maele Phoolo in 1990, growing up involved in sports and studies, but developing a love of rapping by age 12. By age 16 he dropped out of school to pursue a career in music, spending a few years flailing before he was noticed by Motswako rapper HHP. The two struck up a professional relationship and Nyovest made a cameo on HHP's album, and eventually joined him on tour. The next several years saw Nyovest touring internationally, opening for some of the biggest names in hip-hop while working on material that would eventually be featured on his debut solo album. That album came in the form of 2014's Tsholofelo, a massive hit in South Africa to the point that an expanded Platinum Edition with bonus tracks would be released just a year later to quell Nyovest's hungry fan base. Following the success of Tsholofelo, Nyovest skyrocketed to star status, performing sold-out shows for increasingly larger audiences and being showered with industry awards. In May of 2017 he returned with his second proper album, Thuto. ~ Fred Thomas

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