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Cassper Nyovest Drops The First 'Refiloe' Single 'Mama I Made It'

Cassper Nyovest drops a trap song for his mother with "Mama I Made It," the first single off his sophomore album, 'Refiloe.'


The artwork for Cassper Nyovest’s sophomore album, 'Refiloe'

Cassper Nyovest is having a great day. In addition to featuring on Talib Kweli's surprise new single this morning, the South African rapper has also dropped some heat of his own with a trap song for his mother. "Mama I Made It" is the first single off Nyovest's forthcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to his Tsholofelo debut (one of our top releases of 2014). Nyovest, who's been hanging with D'Banj in Lagos this week, says Refiloe is slated for an October 31 release– the same date he plans to fill up the 20,000 capacity Ticketpro Dome (formerly the Coca-Cola Dome) in Johannesburg.

"MIMI," which is available for free download today only, shot up to #1 on iTunes SA within an hour of its release. Listen below and grab it on iTunes here.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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