Cassper Nyovest to open for Nicki Minaj on SA tour

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A monster hip-hop double bill is set to electrify Jo’burg and Durban when record-breaking South African hip-hop superstar, Cassper Nyovest, opens for American rap heavyweight, Nicki Minaj, on her Pinkprint Tour, promoters Airey Scott have confirmed.

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Cassper Nyovest. Photo courtesy of Family Tree Media

On the first date of Minaj’s hotly awaited South African tour, the Mafikeng-born Motswako rapper will return to the same stage where he made history last October: he was the first local act to sell out the 20 000-capacity Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg as part of his successful #FiilUpTheDome campaign.

Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Phoolo, will also perform with Minaj at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium on March 20.

Since bursting onto the local music scene in 2013, Nyovest has racked up two hit albums, Tsholofelo and Refiloe, spawning hits such as Le Mpitse, Doc Shebeleza, Ghetto, Mama I Made It, Phumakim and Gusheshe – which fans can expect to hear during his appearances on Minaj’s Pinkprint Tour.

He has won national music accolades at the Metro FM, Channel O and South African Hip-Hop Awards, as well as the SAMA for Best Newcomer, and was named MTV Base’s Hottest MC of 2015.

The rapper has also been nominated for a number of international awards, including the BET Awards and the MTV European Music Awards.

To-date, Nyovest has worked with illustrious names such as Anatii, DJ Drama, Riky Rick, Major League, American rappers The Game and Talib Kweli.

Grammy Award-nominated superstar Nicki Minaj continues to break records and influence global pop culture.

Her critically lauded third album, The Pinkprint, topped the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in 2014, cementing her status as rap’s reigning queen. She has garnered 10 Grammy nominations to date, in addition to a raft of American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

A global touring phenomenon, Minaj has sold out iconic venues including London’s O2 Arena and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She has stamped her mark on American Idol as a judge and, as an actress, has appeared in films such as Ice Age: Continental Drift, The Other Woman and the forthcoming release, Barbershop 3.

South African fans can look forward to the flamboyant rap queen performing a selection of hits from her three albums, including her latest offering.

Tickets for the Nicki Minaj Pinkprint Tour can be purchased from http://www.ticketpro.co.za and selected Edgars retail stores, with prices starting at R490.

South African tour itinerary: Johannesburg: Ticketpro Dome – 17 March and 18 March; Durban: Moses Mabhida Stadium – 20 March; and Cape Town: Grand Arena, GrandWest  – 22 March.

The Nicki Minaj Pinkprint tour is presented by Airey Scott Entertainment, 5FM, Metro FM and Channel O.

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