South African Hip Hop artist, Cassper Nyovest seems to have started a movement.

Three years ago, Nyovest was the first ever African artist to fill up ‘The Dome’ – selling out the 20, 000 seater facility in Johannesburg, meaning he was the first non-international act to achieve this. That’s a big deal.

While we can easily say that it is possible now, years ago this was unthinkable.

And now,  other artists, including South African gospel musicians are following his footsteps.

Dr Tumi, a gospel singer, recently achieved this milestone. He is now the first gospel act to sell out the Ticketpro Dome.

Whatever your take on Nyovest and Tumi’s music, it is clear they have started a movement. And the moment should inspire other local artists to do the same.

I am sure we can all agree that it is not just about filling a venue to say ‘it can be done’.  It is about changing people’s perspective on what can be done through music produced on the continent and showing artists that are coming through the ranks that if your music is worth it, people will follow it, loyally.

I must confess I had never heard of Dr Tumi before his latest accomplishment. But we must give credit where it is due.

Meanwhile, Nyovest, who packed Orlando Stadium with 40,000 people last year is looking to go even bigger this year.

His next target, is to fill the FNB Stadium, which holds 95,000 when at capacity.

At the time of writing this, he has just under 100 days to go and it would seem he is making a big push to get the right sponsorship behind him.

We wish him all the best on his quest to lead the way in support for local music and opening doors for those that will follow.

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