Bonang Matheba was shaking in her boots when she accidentally used Cassper Nyovest’s signature phrase, “Fill Up” in a tweet and Abuti saw it on his timeline. It was probably an innocent mistake on Queen B’s part but things kicked off when she took to Twitter to write, “Remember to fill up before midnight!”. The presenter was simply talking about the need to top up on fuel before the petrol prices increased at midnight, but not everybody took it this way.
Cassper Nyovest’s fans suggested that she was looking for trouble by using the same phrase that the rapper has used to name his hotly followed series of concerts over the years, “Fill Up”. Just when Bonang thought she might have gotten away with it, Mufasa confirmed her worst fears: he had seen her obvious plagiarism of his not-trademarked-but-still-his concert name. Fearing a fight, Bonang begged him not to sue her:
It looked as if both megastars were about to lawyer up, until Cassper was able to settle it out of court. He found it in his heart to forgive Bonng because.
Okay, okay! We know they were joking all along, but Cassper Nyovest has proven that he doesn’t take use of the phrase “Fill Up” very lightly. Back in 2018 Cassper tried to call out Benny Mayengani for using the phrase for his own concert, Fill Up Giyani Stadium. Cassper, who had promoted Fill Up The Dome, Orlando, FNB and Moses Mabhida felt as if other artists were unfairly hopping onto his bandwagon.
While many of us could agree that at face value, the Fill Up trend was very much a “Cassper thing” – legally he had no leg to stand on because he had not copyrighted the phrase which meant that Benny, and indeed Bonang, could go ahead and use “Fill Up” whenever and however they wanted. So even if Lebonza was not from Maftown, she would have been safe.
As an aside, karma hit back in the long run because Benny Mayengani’s Fill Up Giyani Stadium went ahead, but the second time he tried to use the phrase, for Fill Up Peter Mokhaba, it turned out to be a complete disaster. Do you remember this?
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