Riky Rick

Riky Rick
Rikhado Makhado

(1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 34)
KwaMashu, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Alma materHilton College
  • Rapper
  • Songwriter
  • Singer
Bianca Niadoo
(m. 2013)
Musical career
LabelsMakhado Makhado Agency

Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado (born July 20, 1987), known professionally as Riky Rick, is a South African rapper, songwriter, singer, composer, actor, entrepreneur, fashion designer. Makhado is the founder and owner of record label Cotton Club Records.[1] He was also a member of Boyz N Bucks.[2]

Riky's debut studio album Family Values (2015), which became certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA). He rose to fame when he released his single "Nafukwa", in 2014.

Life and career

1987-2012:Early life

Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado born July 20, 1987 and was raised in KwaMashu township near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.[3][4][5]


Riky Rick's first side of music began at a recording studio session with Bongani Fassie. It was by Bongani's side that Riky was inspired to make his own music.[6] That is when he released his first single "Barbershop" featuring Da L.E.S.[7] He then rose to fame by the release of his hit single "Nafukwa" which was a big success.[8] He then released "Amantombazane" which was followed by "Amantombazane (Remix)" featuring fellow South African recording artists OkMalumkoolKat, Maggz, Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Kid X, Nadia Nakai and DJ Dimplez.[9]

2015-2019: Family Values, Scooby Snacks EP

On April 3, 2015, his debut studio album Family Values was released and received positive review from music critics.[10] The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) with sales of 50 000 units.[11] In April 24, his single "Sondela" featuring Zano was released, which was dedicated to his real love.[12] In October 28, his major debut single "Boss Zonke" was released[13] which peaked at number 3 on the SA Hip Hop Top Ten List. In June 2016, his single "Sidlukotini" was released.[14]

Riky Rick released the Scooby Snacks EP that features only one artist, Frank Casino. It includes the tracks "Oh Lord", "Bandz Over Fans" and "Family" (featuring Frank Casino).[15] He released "Buy It Out" on 15 September 2017.[16] In November 2018, Makhado announced his first concert called "Cotton Fest", which he headlined on February 2, 2019.[17]

On July 2, 2021, he released a single "Forever" with Frank Casino.[18]

Personal life


In early 2010, Makhado first met Bianca Naidoo in Sandton and later gave a birth to Jordan Makhado. In 2013, the couple got married, and had their son Maik Daniel Makhado (born. 2014). Riky practises sobriety after a torrid time with alcohol and drug addiction in his youth.[19]


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Family Values[20] RISA: Platinum[21]


List of extended plays, with selected information
Title Album details Certification
Scooby Snacks EP
  • Released: 25 May 2017
  • Label:
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Stay Shining EP
  • Released: 3 November 2017
  • Label: Sound African Recordings
  • Formats: CD, digital download


  • Comeback Kid (2011)
  • Fear The Hunter(With Trinity) (2018)

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Results Ref.
2020 KZN Entertainment Awards Best Male Award Nominated
2021 South African Hip Hop Awards Best Collaboration Won [22]
Artist of the Decade Nominated
MVP/Hustler of the Year Won


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  3. ^ "ALUMNI OF THE WEEK # 131 Riky Rick | AFDA Film School". www.afda.co.za.
  4. ^ "Riky Rick, one of the most esteemed South African hip hop artists is born | South African History Online". www.sahistory.org.za.
  5. ^ "Listen: Rapper Riky Rick's rise to stardom". ECR.
  6. ^ "Introducing Ricky Rick". DRUM. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Barbershop". channel O. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Nafukwa". Okayafrica. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Amantombozane". Okayafrica. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Riky Rick Drops Family Values Debut Album - Online Youth Magazine | Zkhiphani". Zkhiphani. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  11. ^ "Riky Rick's Family Values goes platinum!". Times LIVE. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Sondela". Blacknation. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Boss Zonke goes viral!". Zkhiphani.
  14. ^ "Riky Rick – Sidlukotini Music Video". 360musicnghq.co. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Riky Rick Releases Three New Songs Called Scooby Snacks". Hiphopza.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Riky Rick – Buy It Out". 360musicnghq.co. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Riky Rick Presents Cotton Fest 2019". Joburg.
  18. ^ Mametela, Tshepiso (1 July 2021). "Mzansi Rappers Frank Casino, Riky Rick Tag Team on New Drop 'Forever'". Briefly.
  19. ^ "Riky Rick gets personal". channel24. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  20. ^ "ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Riky Rick – Family Values | YoMzansi™ BLOG |". YoMzansi™ BLOG | HIGHEST GRADE SOURCE of SA Entertainment News. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  21. ^ "South Africa certifications". Recording Industry of South Africa. Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  22. ^ Shumba, Ano. "SA Hip Hop Awards 2021: All the nominees | Music In Africa". Music In Africa. Retrieved 3 November 2021.

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