Cassper Nyovest. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest Just Signed With Universal & Announced The Title of His Upcoming Album

The rapper who has had a flourishing career as an independent artist finally signed with a major.

South African hip-hop superstar Cassper Nyovest's label Family Tree signed a partnership deal with Universal Music Group today, as reported by multiple publications. The deal will see UMG assist Nyovest with the release and distribution of his upcoming album.

"It shows what I have built has value," the artist was quoted as saying by IOL about the signing.

"I sat with one of my business mentors – this billionaire dude – and initially, I wanted him to invest into my company and he said the whole thing of owning 100% of a company sounds like a great idea, but sometimes you have to build it till it's worth something and then sell a bit of it. So how I looked at it is I have built Family Tree, and for me to grow, I have to share a percentage of it."

He added that artist signed under Family Tree (Nadia Nakai and Tshego) weren't obliged to sign to UMG. "Everybody was given an option," says Abuti Fill Up. "Tshego opted not to come with me in this venture because he wants to do his own thing," said the MC. "I don't want to speak on Nadia yet, because she will announce but to be clear: the deal is Family Tree, so I will still be able to release other artists through this deal."

The rapper also announced that the title of his upcoming album will be Sweet & Short. The album will drop on the same day as Cass' Fill Up Moses Mabhida Stadium show on the 1st of December. Nyovest is releasing a new single this Friday.

Sweet & Short will be highly influenced by kwaito, which has been evident since the last two singles the rapper has released in the past few months; "Gets Getsa 2.0" and "Hase Mo States."


The cover of Cassper Nyovest's upcoming album.

Nyovest has had a flourishing career as an independent artist. His first three studio albums Tsholofelo, Refiloe and Thuto all sold at least platinum, and boasted features from the likes of Burna Boy, Black Thought, Talib Kweli, The Game, among other superstars. He was also the first rapper to fill up the Ticket Pro Dome, and broke records with his Fill Up Orlando Stadium and Fill Up FNB Stadium concerts.


The artists has been vocal about the disadvantages of being independent such as not getting enough radio airplay and not topping charts as much as artists who are signed to major labels.

Cassper Nyovest - Gets Getsa 2.0 (Official Music Video) www.youtube.com

He once tweeted, "I'm not signed to Sony. I'll never have a number 1 single in my career unless I share the cake with a major label. They run the charts, from iTunes to radio. They have all the data, the manpower, [and] the connections. Maybe it's time I did. The next step definitely needs muscle."

Clearly, independence in South African hip-hop is seriously tough. Nyovest was the torchbearer, but now that he's also signed to a major, it's looking bleak. AKA released his latest album Touch My Blood independently, but when his company BEAM Group got shut down, he quickly went back to Vth Season, the label that released his previous two albums.

Read: How Cassper Nyovest Became The Biggest South African Hip-Hop Artist

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.