Despite multiple articles and online posts stating that RISA has either confirmed or denied Cassper Nyovests claims that he has sold a combined 10 million records throughout his career, the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) has stated that it has not and will not be releasing a statement with regards to the matter.
RISA CEO, Nhlanhla Sibisi, spoke to ZAlebs earlier today and clarified the statement he made on air during DJ Sabby’s show on youth radio station YFM, (allegedly on Metro FM) as well as on SABC 3 TV show, Trending SA.
You can watch the Trending SA clip below from the 16:53 mark:
Many misinterpreted the statement shown on Trending SA to mean that RISA was coming to Nyovest’s defense. However, Sibisi said that Nyovest is the only one who can clarify what he meant by the claim he made, which is highly evident in that statement.
Sibisi did confirm however that to his knowledge, there has not yet been a South African artist who has surpassed 600,000 record sales. The last person to ever come this close was the late Brenda Fassie.
DJ Maphorisa also came under a lot of fire for questioning the veracity of Nyovest's claims, with many calling Maphorisa "bitter" and "jealous" for merely asking what Cassper meant by his post as the DJ is familiar with the industry and what is possible.
A lot of facts, figures and clarification have been thrown around since the initial announcement was made but there you have it ladies and gentlemen. There is no doubt about Cassper Nyovest’s success, influence, impact and reach but let’s call a spade a spade.
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