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Cassper Nyovest is a “World Class” act, say Twitter users after Global Citizen Festival performance

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The rapper performed a mixture of old and new songs to screaming fans at the Global Citizen Festival at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Sunday, 2 December 2018.

South African rapper, Cassper Nyovest, impressed fans with his energetic performance at the Global Citizen Festival: Mandela 100 held at the FNB Staidum on Sunday, 2 December 2018.

The event was broadcast live in about 160 countries giving the rapper a chance to perform on the world stage. Viewers and festival goers said on Twitter that his performance was worthy of such an audience.

“Cassper Nyovest is a world class act!” said one Twitter user. The rapper even possibly gained some new fans. “I have a new found respect for Cassper Nyovest. He’s world class,” added another.

Cassper opened for Beyonce and Jay-Z who performed last as the main performers at the festival. Some fans felt his showmanship surpassed that of headlining acts.

“Did Beyoncé and Jay-Z fly all the way to SA to be [outshined] by Cassper Nyovest?” wrote one commenter.

“The Carters should’ve been the opening act for Cassper Nyovest. They are such an anti-climax,” exclaimed another.

Fans at the stadium were jumping up and down in excitement during his performance of the popular songs like Tito Mboweni and Doc Shebeleza. The star, whose real name is Refiloe Maele Phoolo, also debuted a new song titled Timbuktu featuring Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and British rapper Stormzy.

Phoolo’s weekend did not start off well as his goal to fill up Moses Mabhida stadium to capacity did not go as planned.

His new album Sweet and Short was released 48 hours prior to the festival to mixed reviews online. But the rapper was praised for his performance on Saturday, 1 December 2018, and his album was certified platinum.

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