Cassper Nyovest on his new album and his hopes of becoming a billionaire

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Cassper Nyovest.
Cassper Nyovest.
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His single Siyathandana - which features vocalist, Boohle - is currently dominating the airwaves and has topped the South African music charts since it’s first week of release. Now, Cassper Nyovest has dropped his sixth studio album.

Titled Sweet and Short 2.0, the 10-track album is a continuation of the exploration which began with his 2018 fourth studio album Sweet and Short, in which he blended hip hop and kwaito. In this album, the award-winning musician has fully immersed himself in the dominant amapiano sound.

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In the album in which themes of spirituality, parenthood, love and having fun are explored, Don Billiato – as Cassper now calls himself – has featured some of South Africa’s amapiano trailblazers such as Lady Du, Semi Tee, Abidoza and Boohle.

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He tells TRUELOVE all about his new album and his plans of becoming a billionaire.

What’s the story behind your new stage name, Don Billiato?

The story behind the name Don Billiato is a play on me and my career as it pertains to my mission of trying to become a billionaire. I’m trying to be the first South African billionaire who comes from music. I like to dream before I experience things; they say the tongue is a prophet and that’s why I’m now called the Don Billiato.

Does the whole album fit into a particular musical genre, or does it borrow from multiple forms?

Yes! The whole album fits into the amapiano genre even though I rap on it, but it is mostly an amapiano dance album. It’s an experimental project, all of my Sweet and Short albums are experimental where I just have fun and let people interpret it however they see fit.

How will a listener feel when listening to the album?

They will feel joy as they listen to the album. It has a lot of upbeat and very bright sounds. It’s a simple, musical, energetic yet soulful album. You’ll feel very soulful, but there’s also songs that will make you want to jump out of your seat and dance.

Who do you feature in the album?

I feature some of my favourite producers like Abidoza and Semi Tee. I also feature some of my favourite artists such as Samthing Soweto, Kamo Mphela, Kammu Dee and Boohle.

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Can fans expect a Hip-hop album from Cassper Nyovest anytime soon?

Of course! Fans should always expect music from me because I’m always working and it just depends on how I feel on that day. I actually have two hip-hop albums that are in the studio and are also very interesting projects. I know I’ll drop them when I feel like it, for now it’s Sweet and Short amapiano and dance time. It’s all about making music to uplift people’s spirits because we are currently going through a lot.

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Do you have a favourite single from the album? If so, which one and why?

Hell yeah! Khotso - a song dedicated to my son and my late brother. That’s my favourite record on the album and the most important song in the album and my career in general. I really love that song.

Siyathandana is a hit, what inspired the song?

What inspired the song was the old school classic Bob Sinclair world, hence the familiar melody. Boohle also took the song to the next level with the lyrics of the hook where she made it such a beautiful love song. A big shout out to Ali and Abidoza on production, and shout out to myself.

What more can fans expect from Cassper Nyovest for the rest of 2021?

Fans can expect a lot of work. I just dropped this album and I also have a brand new shoe that just dropped this week. The shoe is a collaboration between family tree and Drip footwear which is proudly South African. It's called the 'Root of Fame' and I’m confident that everyone will love it.

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