One day he was living a normal life with both parents and friends who he could count on.
Then within a space of a year, his whole world crumbled when he lost both parents in a short space of time. Since then, he's worked hard to build himself into a brand.
Solomon More, Carpo to his fans and friends, is known for his acting, music, comedic content creation – and being best friends with Cassper Nyovest.
DRUM caught up with Carpo (31) and he opened up about learning to live without his parents, his strong bond with best friend Cassper Nyovest and how he plans on making his fictional female character Sharayray a success.
Carpo grew up in Mahikeng with both his parents and they were a strong and steady support system, he says.
Then they died when he was a teenager and in the aftermath he started battling with mental health issues.
“In 2007 my dad passed away and a year later my mother followed. I went through a difficult time because I had to deal with fact that the two people that I was dependent on have passed away. The one person that I could count on was Cassper. I became depressed, there were many times where I felt like killing myself because I didn’t understand how I could continue living without them.”
He had learnt to live without his parents one day at a time and says some days are better than others. He also went to therapy to find better ways to cope with his grief.
Now he's famous and is living off his passion and talents.
“How I started in industry is that my best friend told me to open an Instagram account since I have a vibey personality and I did, I started getting attention and many followers just for being myself. I got more attention when I featured on a song called Slyza Tsotsi by the Major League Dj’s. After that I received a lot of opportunities such as being a judge on a show called the Ultimate house party I even ventured into acting on a Mzansi Magic movie called Machansa as the lead character, the movie did so well that they did a sequel,” he tells DRUM.
Carpo recalls the days where he and Cassper were still trying to figure out whether his passion for music was going to give him the big break that he needed. He says after moving to Johannesburg to join Cassper, they had to work hard to make ends meet.
“I pray a lot and I believe the one thing that made us survive was our trust in God, we used take coke bottles and exchange them for money so that we could buy fat cakes and we would say to each other that one day things would change and we wouldn’t live like this,” he tells DRUM.
Now they live like kings.
Since breaking out, Carpo has experienced all sides to the entertainment industry, its highs and its lows. He says the greatest lesson he has learnt is that it is very difficult to trust people as you will never know people’s true intentions of being in your life.
“It's very hard to trust people, you get people who are all over you because you are known for a couple of seconds and people will use that to their advantage. I am from the hood and I did not know that these type of things happen because people back home love each other a lot. The only friend I have ever trusted fully is Cassper, he has been with me since my parents passed away,” he shares.
He's had to make some adjustments after the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown and although jobs are scarce for artists in entertainment, Carpo still finds a way to put smiles on people’s faces through his humor and the content that he creates.
Carpo created a fictional female character called Sharayray who has taken the internet by storm and she is a diva who loves fashion and the nice life. Carpo reveals that Sharayray was inspired by Martin Lawrence character Shanaynay on the iconic sitcom Martin.
“Sharayray is the South African version of Shanaynay, she does not have a lot of money or make up and expensive hair, because she has not made it yet in life. I am still building her character and her story in the YouTube series that I recently launched based on her relationship with Carpo.
“I hope to see Sharayray become a big character, I hope the character gets the recognition that she deserves. I believe that I am capable of making her something big.”