Refiloe Maele Phoolo (born 16 December 1990, in Mafikeng), professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African recording artist and record producer. His debut album Tsholofelo was released on 18 July 2014. He is currently signed to his own independent label and media company, Family Tree.
Born: December 16, 1990, Mahikeng, South Africa
Full name: Refiloe Maele Phoolo
Albums: Refiloe, Tsholofelo, Doc Shebeleza, Gusheshe
Associated acts: HHP, Okmalumkoolkat, Riky Rick, Anatii, Nasty C, Gemini Major, Talib Kweli, Casey Veggies, Kwesta, Black Thought, The Roots, Mpumi
Siblings: Tsholofelo Phoolo, Khotso Motebang Phoolo
Nyovest grew up in Montshiwa in Mafikeng, the capital city of the North West province. He attended high school at Sol Plaatje Secondary School. In school, he was athletic as he partook in various sports activities including football, cricket and basketball. He started rapping when he was in grade 6, at the age of 12.
In grade 10, Nyovest failed his exams, and moved to his grandmother’s house in Potchefstroom. Then the following year, at age 16, he decided to drop out of high school: “I told my parents that I’d rather chase my dream, which I believe is going to work out, rather than keeping it safe and regret it my whole life.” Nyovest relocated to Johannesburg the following year to pursue a career in music as a rapper and producer.
In July 2015, after months of denying any romantic involvement with each other, Cassper Nyovest and actress Boitumelo Thulo finally confirmed in a July issue of DRUM that they were dating, this issue of the magazine article also included that the couple was engaged but they later confirmed that they were not engaged. The couple broke up in December 2015.
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