Casper Nyovest is one of the best-known celebrities in the country. The superstar rapper and AKA are in a constant battle for the top spot on the South African rap charts.
Casper has millions of devoted fans in South Africa and throughout the rest of Africa. His talent and hit-making ability is beyond question as is his love of expensive cars such as his twin Bentley’s.
Casper was born Refiloe Maele Phoolo on 16 December in Mafikeng in the North West. He dropped out of school when he was 16 to pursue a music career.
Briefly.co.za takes a look at 5 lesser known facts about Casper to help the public get a better understanding of the man behind the music.
1. Casper’s music carries hidden family meanings
Casper’s debut album, Tsholofelo, is named after his sister while his second album, Refiloe, is his real name. His third album was named after his older sister Thuto and speculation is rife that his next album will be called Khotso after his late brother.
The naming convention started when Tsolofelo gave him R50 taxi-fare which he used to travel to Johannesburg and launch his music career.
2. Casper isn’t afraid to take on big business
The rapper went after SuperSport in 2016 when the broadcaster used ‘Slyza Tsotsi’ in one of its campaigns. The slogan was ripped straight from one of Casper’s songs.
He also took on Savanna for their ‘savanna dark’ ad campaign in which the drinks company tried to use his ‘dark dark shebeleza’ slogan
3. Casper used to be ‘Mr Sexy Chubby’
When Casper started out he marketed himself as ‘Mr Sexy Chubby’ due to his rounded appearance, fans loved him for it.
These days Casper lives healthier and sports a six-pack body. He promotes living healthily and encourages his huge fan base to live their best life. Casper shares daily workout tips on his social media accounts and delivers words of motivation for those struggling with their weight.
4. Casper is known as Mr Fill-it-up
Casper is a true money spinner for himself, his management team and promoters. The rapper made history when he played to a sold-out crowd at the Coca-Cola Dome and filled up the FNB Stadium.
The FNB stadium show pulled a crowd of 72 000 people, Casper is said to have spent millions of his own money on promoting the event. In the lead up to the show, social media was awash with Casper hashtags and viral videos.
5. His stage name is part ghost part made up
Casper admitted during an interview recently that he named himself after his favourite cartoon character Casper the friendly ghost. “‘Nyovest’ is a word I made up. Growing up I was a big fan of Pharrell, and on his records, he used to say ‘yezzir’ every time. So I put a South African accent on that and it became ‘Nyovest’. It’s whack!”
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