Riky Rick

Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest is set to hit Cape Town on 10 December. Image via Facebook: Cottonfest

Cotton Fest to honour Riky Rick with more than 100 local acts

The likes of Cassper Nyovest, Khuli Chana, Nasty C, Musa Keys and Uncle Waffles are set to perform at Cotton Fest.

Riky Rick

Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest is set to hit Cape Town on 10 December. Image via Facebook: Cottonfest

In honour of Riky Rick’s legacy, the Cotton Fest team announced that the rapper’s highly-anticipated hip-hop festival will still take place. With less than a month left till the festival, the team took to Instagram on Thursday 31 March to share the all-local lineup of artists. The lineup includes more than 100 hip-hop, amapiano and R&B artists including AKA, Musa Keys and Cassper Nyovest. 

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Created by the late Riky Rick, the hip-hop festival aims to bring together music and fashion. With more than 100 artists performing over two days, it will certainly be one of the biggest festivals of the year. 

The festival was originally scheduled to take place on 19 and 20 March but was postponed to 23 and 24 April after Riky Rick’s sudden death

“The Cotton Fest team will keep his vision alive by bringing Cotton Eaters together to celebrate the fusion of music and fashion,” wrote the team on Instagram earlier this month. 

This year’s lineup includes the very best in local music. The likes of A-Reece, Costa Titch, Heavy K, Khuli Chana, Kwesta, Nadia Nakai and Nasty C are set to perform. 

Other performers include viral sensation Uncle Waffles, Pabi Cooper, Adiwele hitmaker Young Stunna, YoungstaCPT and Sizwe Alakine. 


Besides the music, there will be several exciting activities to take part in. Festival-goers can look forward to a skateboarding competition and a Cotton Fest and Puma customisation station. 

There will also be a fashion “tuckshop” where fashion lovers can purchase limited edition clothing items. 

“Cotton Fest needs to go ahead as planned by him!” said Riky Rick’s wife Bianca Naidoo. 

“His love and belief in showcasing young and upcoming talent are unquestionable, which is how Cotton Fest came back about a few years back.” 

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Taking to Twitter to react to the Cotton Fest lineup, many were excited about the all-local lineup but some were concerned about the amapiano artists on the lineup. 

“I’m sure one amapiano artist can be sacrificed for KO,” wrote one tweep. 

“There is no need to have amapiano artists performing at the event. They can attend like the rest of us, we see them every single weekend,” wrote another tweep.  

“Piano artists ain’t got the juice for Cotton Fest.”