Cassper Nyovest at the Moses Mabhida Stadium where he will host the #FillUpMosesMabhida concert on December 1. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency(ANA)

Durban - Cassper Nyovest has denied claims he is set to receive R56m in sponsorship and support from the eThekwini Municipality for hosting his concert at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

Cassper will host the #FillUpMosesMabhida concert on December 1. He said he was receiving support from the municipality, but not at the level of R56m.

“I want to put it on record that I have not received that amount of money, I can imagine even the municipality does not have that kind of money to just give to one person,” Cassper was quoted as saying by the isiZulu newspaper, Isolezwe.

Phillip Sithole, the deputy city manager for economic development and planning at the eThekwini Municipality, said the city was set to meet with Cassper on Wednesday to take a decision on how much would be spent on the concert.

“I think because he said there is some funding that he is expecting it is because he knows that we said we will contribute towards something,” Sithole told Isolezwe.

A source said the hip-hop artist was likely to receive around R40m in support - which would include activations and a promotion around the arts and culture. The source alleged Cassper only wanted the Moses Mabhida venue and was set to get more than he bargained for.

Cassper said he was ready to host the concert and said there were some nerves ahead of the concert in two weeks time.

“Ahead of the concert you ask yourself are people going to buy the tickets, but with God on your side, we know everything will go according to plan,” he said.

Cassper said he would not be able to come to Durban to host the concert and not include local entertainers. He said maskandi artist Shwi Nomtekhala, who he has recorded a song with, would be part of the line up.

Other local artists include Touch of Soul, Benny Maverick, DJ Feel, TDK Macassette, Distruction Boyz, Babes Wodumo, Okmalumkoolkat, DJ Bongz and Zakwe.

Meanwhile, Cassper said he was offering 50 young Durbanites an opportunity to work at the #FillUpMosesMabhida concert. He said on Instagram the auditions for the roles would take place on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 10am to 3pm. 

Sunday Tribune