Local rapper Cassper Nyovest, whose real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, says he wants to use his influence to empower young people.

This comes after South Africans praised the rapper for his outstanding performance at the Global Citizen Festival held at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, on Sunday.

One of the notable compliments came from the Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who suggested that Nyovest becomes an ambassador to inspire young people.

Cassper says government needs to support famous philanthropists.

“I’m not really involved as much as I’d want to because we have ideas like I’m saying that are not supported.  I think government right now is sitting with a lot of old people with old ideas and people like Phumzile are people who get it that we have the power and we could speak to the youth.  I’m very keen on doing it. But I don’t think the people who are in power understand it yet.  They just see us as these rebels who are making noise but we’re the ones who are speaking to the youth.”

Speaking about his annual Fill-up the stadium event which also took place this weekend at Moses Mabida Stadium in Durban, Cassper says he is planning to host workshops to teach young people about the business aspect of music.

“I think the most important thing for me to do is maybe a workshop through fill up and explain why I do this because I think some people don’t get it.  One of the challenges we have is having a sustainable career as a musician.  In SA you’re hot for a year, if most 3.  If I’m able to play stadiums around the country then I’m not forced to exhaust myself.  We’re trying to teach the industry to go in that direction.”

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