Zinhle Khumalo
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6 May 2015
12:00 pm

Nyovest gives R100 000 to xeno victims

Zinhle Khumalo

Multi-award winning hip-hop artist Cassper Nyovest, pictured, has donated the proceeds of his international concert in Zimbabwe to the victims of recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa – as he had promised.

Cassper Nyovest. Picture: Refilwe Modise

Last week he posted on Facebook: “I donated R100 000 through my company Family Tree Media to rebuilding post xenophobia.”

While a number of artists in the country – including Durban music trio Big Nuz – had to cancel their lined-up performances outside the country as a result of threats to

South Africans amid the xenophobic attacks in March, Nyovest never bowed to the pressure and went ahead with his tour to Zimbabwe.

Nyovest defied threats from Zimbabweans that he would be attacked should he come to the country.

He performed in Bulawayo and has now donated his earnings of that concert to the victims of the attacks, which claimed the lives of at least six people.

Nyovest handed a cheque to the Zimbabwean ambassador to South Africa on behalf of his Family Tree Media company.

“We are starting up sustainable businesses for victims, which will not only help them rebuild but also create opportunities for them to help others,” he wrote on Facebook.

Many of the foreigners who were attacked in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng had to flee their homes and businesses and were also victims of looting.

Nyovest called on other artists to take initiative in helping out. “Hope this will inspire more African musicians to get more involved as this is an African
problem. God has blessed me with much and I now can bless others,” he said.

Earlier this year Nyovest walked away with five awards at the Metro FM Awards, including Best Male Album, Best Hit Single and Best Hip-Hop Album.