Jarrad Ricketts

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#MusicExchange: Rapid-fire Q&A with SA singer Jarrad Ricketts

Jarrad Ricketts – a SAMA nominee – from Cape Town is taking the music scene by storm and we were lucky enough to rack his brain.

Jarrad Ricketts

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Jarrad Ricketts, from the Cape Flats in Cape Town has won over many South Africans since the release of his SAMA-nominated debut album Break The Rules. He teams up with the album’s producer Mr Mallum on the brand new single Mama I Made It – out now across all digital platforms.

The South African was lucky enough to have a rapid-fire chat with the singer and songwriter so if you have wanted to know more about Jarrad Ricketts, you have come to the right place.



The new decade means?

Reflecting on the journey, taking the learnings and establish a new plan and approach.

Fame is about?

Fame is a by-product of all the hard work you put into whatever you do

Retirement will happen when?

When I’ve completely emptied myself.

I don’t do?


What does music mean to you?

A source of comfort and an escape, a space where I can say whatever I want to,
and use that power as a vehicle to create a positive impact.

My music is about?

Bringing joy to those who listen. I come from the Cape Flats, and growing up, the narrative was that nothing great can happen for me. Music became my armour that I could use to fight my way through to becoming who I am today .Uplift, encourage and inspire is my motto

I would love to co-write with?

Ed Sheeran & Adam Levine

Where do you go for inspiration to create?

I visit art galleries quite often to surround myself with visuals that can spark interesting conversations.

What is the most enjoyable aspect of your work?

Music is a vehicle that can open doors to connect with many different people.

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The song you must perform at every show?

My song Take Me To Your Heart from my SAMA-nominated album Break The Rules.

Any funny moments on stage?

A moment that stands out is when the microphone kept failing on stage, and in one song I literally went through eight microphones while performing. Each and every time, I had to pause and take a new mic. The audience would sing along and laugh. Ended up being fun though.

Your heroes?

Yayoi Kusama

Your style icon?

Pharrell Williams, Tom Ford

Which living person do you admire most and why?

All the frontline workers who risked their health and safety to make sure that we, as a country, remain safe.

What is your most treasured possession?

My brown batwing vintage leather jacket.

It’s your round, what are you drinking?

A really good Cab Sav

Dream gig?

Tiny Desk

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What makes you stand out?

My audacity


I’ve never been given a nickname that actually stuck.

If you were not a musician, what would you be?

An entrepreneur.

Who would play you in a Hollywood Blockbuster and why?

Timothee Chalamet, not only an amazing actor but has such impeccable dress
sense and style.

Pick five words to describe yourself?

Bold, engaging, dynamic, creative, conversationalist.

Greatest Movie Ever Made?


What book are you reading?

Raise Your Profile by Jenny Handley

What song changed your life?

Don’t Wake Me Up – Leanne La Havas

Who do you love?

I love anyone who encourages self love

What is your favourite word?


Favourite fashion garment?

I love a double-breasted blazer

Give us a slang word and tell us what it means?

Gerhard (Afrikaans) …when something is really cool.

Top of your bucket list?

To live in Switzerland

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Your greatest achievement?

Being nominated for a SAMA award

What do you complain about most often?

Limited resources for our youth in dire communities.

What is your fear?

I fear not reaching my full potential

Happiness is?

Walking on the beach and taking in the fresh air and realising how blessed we
are to be alive

On stage I tend to?

I become really silly and joke around a lot. I love being spontaneous.

The best life lesson you have been taught?

Always be prepared, you never know when your opportunity will strike.

Do you get worked up whilst watching a sports game on TV?

I don’t watch much television, I spend a lot of my time in meditation or working.
But when I do watch something I’m passionate about, I can get quite vocal.

Where would you like to be right now?

On a big stage at a festival, performing to a massive crowd. I really miss it.

Do you do charity work and if you do –what do you do?

I have my own organization called The Jarrad Ricketts Foundation, and we focus on the upskilling and feeding of communities. I am collaborating with Lego League SA and On The Ball Foundation, and together we are initiating and implementing a 2021 Robotics School Tour. We will be teaching children about robotics, coding and programming.

Through my foundation, I do motivational talks across South Africa and create career exhibitions with my wife Kim-Lee Ricketts who is an industrial psychologist and psychometrist. We also do various outreach such as feeding schemes, sanitary towel drives,
and school stationery collections.

Wishes and dreams?

My dream is to create a centre focussed on upskilling people in dire communities for FREE. I want to use my platform to change the narratives we see on the Cape Flats, to bring hope back into the hearts and minds of our communities.

To listen to one of Rickett’s songs, you can click here. His handle for Instagram and Twitter is @Jarrad_Ricketts

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