Mafikizolo and Cassper Nyovest both impressed at the Cape Town Festival of Lights. Take away the mini stampede and the customary sound hiccups, the festival was entertaining. Cassper Nyovest is a superstar. You think you know that until you get to see his live performance. He had thousands of Capetonians rapping along to his verses at the Grand Parade. I would like to believe the mini-stampede in front of the stage was caused by the euphoria he caused. He slid through his catalogue of hits such as “Phuma Kim’” and “Doc Shebeleza”. He also introduced a single from his latest album Refiloe, the catchy “Le Mpitse”.
His performance followed the turning on of the Christmas lights on Adderley Street to officially announce that the festive season is upon us. Let’s ignore the boos from the people when mayor Particia De Lille took to the stage.
Mafikizolo, the closing act, took us on nostalgic journey as they performed their hits like “Ndihamba Nawe” and “Emlanjeni”, among others. Their dance moves and dramatic outfits made it a great performance, even with member Theo’s infamous moves.
Jimmy Nevis, who performed earlier in the evening, was also a crowd favourite. He gave a great performance that put a smile on everyone’s face. Other performances came from Snotkop, Shimmy Isaacs (comedian), Groove Essentials, The Cape Town African Super Band and others.
Images: Onele Liwani