Prior to winning best Hip-hop at SoundCity MVP, South African rapper, Refiloe Phoolo famously known as Cassper Nyovest, had an exclusive interview with Joey Akan of PulseNG, where he talked about African Hip-hop in general and the state of Hip-hop in Nigeria.
Commenting on the controversial 2017 single “You Rappers Should Fix Up Your Lives” where M.I Abaga admitted that South African rappers are dominating the Hip-hop scene in Africa. Cassper agrees with M.I Abaga, stating as quoted:
“Yes, South African Hip-hop is in the forefront of African Hip-hop in general. It might not be as popular as it is in South Africa in Nigeria. But I know for a fact that the rappers from Nigeria are kinda unknown in SA,” he says
“If we talk about crossing over, I know that a lot of people in Nigeria know about my music. I know that in Kenya and Ghana it’s the same thing.
“I’m not just talking about me, I’m talking about the movement. Sarkodie is big in Ghana, but are there other rappers who are as big as Sarkodie from Ghana? The South African Hip-hop movement is big across, also in London, New York…we are out there performing in different countries.”
Cassper also confessed the topic is controversial as he tried to explain his point further. “Me saying that might offend people here.
They might feel that I’m taking shots at Nigerian music. But that’s not the deal. If we are to discuss in terms of numbers and appeal across the world, it’s just the way it is.”
Well, Cassper Nyovest is quite right saying this topic is controversial.
But it is also advisable to note that everything he said in the interview are facts. South Africa is in the forefront of African Hip-hop, and Nigerian rappers are unknown in South Africa.
Kojo Pekels Has Some Questions For MUSIGA
A Concerned Upcoming Ghanaian musician, Kojo Pekels has penned a letter to the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) with further questions about the future of upcoming musicians in the country.
Kojo Pekels, well known for his lyrical prowess has asked MUSIGA what the union is actually doing for the upcoming musicians since most of them are registered and card-bearing members.
He also questioned if MUSIGA as a welfare union has put in system and structures that will improve the lives and successes of its members.
Kojo Pekels biggest concern to MUSIGA seems to be centered on investment.
“Ghana music industry has come a long way and for that matter, MUSIGA as welfare organization championing the course of musicians should be able to attract investors who will come and invest in the industry and musicians.”
“I want to ask the union, particularly, its president, Obour if he has been able to attract investors?
We obtained a copy of the letter, reports that it also conducted interviews with some upcoming musicians and they seemed not happy with MUSIGA.
Most of the upcoming who spoke to Us expressed worry of being neglected by the union though they are registered members.
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