The King of Umswenko has done it again! Riky Rick’s annual Cotton Festival took place in
Newtown early this month. With acts such as AKA, Kabza De Small, DJ Maphorisa,
A-Reece, Reason and some of South Africa’s finest Hip Hop royalty, they brought the city
to a stand still across 3 stages with their performances.


The festival, which embraces the Hip Hop culture in it’s entirety alongside other local
genres, saw individuals coming out in numbers to showcase their unique fashion, music
and art. The day was filled with bright colour and power sound including a performance
from Riky Rick on his show stopping, first-time-seen-in-SA, elevated moving stage that
had the audience in awe.


The Cotton Festival which is only on its’ second year running, has continued to bring a
diversified group of people across Mzansi to share the love they have for the culture. With
unforgettable moments between Riky Rick and DaLES, A-Reece’s performance and a fiiiiiiiiire set by the Scorpion Kings (DJ Maphorisa and Kabza da Small), it’s no doubt that Cotton Fest kicked the year off on a good note.

Ricky Rick and Oskido at Cotton Fest
Ricky Rick and Oskido

Riky thanked everyone who showed up on the day and expressed on Instagram that
“Cotton Fest 2020 is not about me at all. It’s about the great people we have in this
industry coming together and creating history for the people. I’m humbled by all the performers who gave up their time to come spread love with us. I’m humbled by the fans who came in their numbers to spread love with us. All 3 stages were unforgettable. Thank you so much for being part of this movement. This is only the beginning.”

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