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Cassper Nyovest Thuto Album Review

Cassper Nyovest has finally released his third highly anticipated album Thuto. Here’s what you should expect

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Cassper Nyovest‘s highly anticipated third studio album Thuto was on Friday released for public consumption. Named after his sister, Thuto is the long awaited sibling to Refiloe and Tsholofelo, both multi platinum selling albums.

Cassper Nyovest Thuto Album Review

Because he is the only South African Hip Hop artist to boast such unprecedented credentials, Thuto is really in competition with his previous musical projects.

That is a fact Cassper explores in great detail in this autobiographical album, as he celebrates his historical victories as much as he laments the industrial animosities that emerge from his throne tightening credentials.

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Beyond all of that, Cassper digs up the importance of male presence in young black boys lives on I Wasn’t Ready For You (who many people reckon is about his ex Boity) and Superman featuring afro jazz legend Tshepo Tsola.

A departure from tropes of black men shirking their fatherhood responsibilities, Superman sees Cassper depict his father as a central, and heroic, figure in his life.

On So Confused, the album’s somber opening track, he confesses feelings of confusion towards the fact that he has elevated the Hip Hop industry, yet jealousy, envy and madness ended up overseeing the formation of industrial allies whose motives have been to undermine his legitimacy as the leading rapper in South Africa.

So Confused is placed perfectly at the beginning of this album as it sets precedence to what the Tsibip hitmaker has termed his ‘riskiest’ effort yet, as he shuns the typical instant party bops for calmer, much more vulnerable songs whose narratives defy the shallow egotistical persona that can so easily emerge from his constant displays of opulence of his new money on the Gram.

So much has happened since Refiloe, including the historical Orlando Concert, the deal with Ciroc and amongst other things, the recent opening of his Family Tree clothing store in Newtown.

With all that being in the background as Cassper recorded this album, fans are anticipating a lot of growth. The album’s lead single, Tito Mboweni, reached 1 million views on Youtube in less than two weeks, continuing Nyovest’s record breaking streak that began with Doc Shebeleza all those many years ago.

So what can fans expect on this body of work?

Cassper Nyovest is a South African phenomenon. He is celebrated by many for his ability to break records and make history as much as he gets easily gets torn to shreds whenever he releases, says or posts anything the general public does not agree with. In short, much like Kanye West, he is as almost insanely hated as much as he is wildly loved.

Very rarely can an artist with the kind of exposure Cassper has enjoyed have their third album touted as their best work to date, especially if selling out arenas has all been thanks to their record smashing debut albums.

Yet its true, Cassper’s Thuto is indeed his best work to date.

The rapper reveals his artistic mastery, attention to technical craftsmanship and lyrical genius  in his most cohesive, yet risk taking venture yet.

Thuto sees Cassper Nyovest return to his motswako roots on such tracks as Nyuku, inspiring a sentiment of solidarity with the most authentic genesis of organic South African Hip Hop back in the Yizo Yizo days.

Thuto sees Cassper showcasing his boldest side yet, while also revealing his most vulnerable. On this album, Nyovest cohesively hops between intimate discussion of his mother’s suicidal thoughts to battles with figuring out what his commercial success means to him.

And all of that is packaged nicely in a poetical, cohesive, rhythmic and groundbreaking musical journey.

Thuto TRACKLIST  

  1. Confused 
  2. I Wasn’t Ready (feat Tshego)
  3. As Karma Would Have It (feat Riky Rick)
  4. Destiny (feat Gaopele)
  5. Superman (feat Tshego Tsola)
  6. Bentley Coupe
  7. Nyuku
  8. We Living Good
  9. Top Floor
  10. Top Shayela
  11. Tito Mboweni
  12. Touch The Sky
  13. Ng’yekeleni
  14. Push Through The Rain
  15. Baby Girl
  16. Amen Halleluja
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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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