Friday, 25 February 2022 16:06

Memorial and funeral service for Riky Rick confirmed.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Rapper Riky Rick, real name Rikhado Muziwendlovu Makhado. Picture: @rikyrickworld/Instagram.

The funeral of the beloved South African artist Rikhado Muziwendlovu Chifaro Makhado popularly known as Riky Rick, will take place at a private ceremony in Johannesburg.

Makhado passed away on Wednesday morning but his family has not given details about circumstances around his death. He was 34. 

Riky is remembered as trailblazer who left an incredible mark on pop culture.

Close friends, family and selected media will gather for a special tribute celebration on 4 March. The tribute will also be live-streamed.

"The Makhado family are deeply moved by the global outpouring of support over the past three days," said a press statement. 

Funeral Details

Date: Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Time: 10:00 

Memorial Details

Date: Friday, 4 March 2022

Time: 10:00 

Live-stream links will be provided closer to the time. 

His industry peers said Riky Rick played a crucial role in the music scene. 

"Riky always stood up for up-and-coming young creatives. He was all about breaking down barriers and changing certain narratives. He was someone who loved fresh and dynamic concepts, hence he founded Cotton Fest," said rapper Gigi Lamayne.

"He was a force to be reckoned with and he was unafraid to express himself. He was the type of person who’d walk in a room and greet everybody, he was so selfless. I remember when I was going through my own mental issues, he was one of the first people to reach out to me and tell me never to give up. He truly wore his heart on his sleeve," she added.

She said his passing should revive the culture of appreciating local talent.

TV personality and Youtuber Lasizwe Dambuza said: "I’m mainly going to miss his humble spirit. Riky was the kind of person who’d enter a room and light it up with his vibrant spirit and positive energy. He would always speak about empowering the youth and giving others the opportunity to shine. Riky was all about us taking care of each other. In this day and age, I believe people need to start reciprocating that."

Fashion designer Ole Ledimo said Makhado was not afraid of pushing boundaries.

"Riky was a brave fashionista who redefined masculinity. Before the peak of his music career, Riky used to come to my studio in Rivonia just to observe and absorb some fashion inspiration. He was unafraid to push boundaries when fashion was concerned, in fact, I believe he was a fashion icon more than anything else.

Meanwhile, Makhado's family said as much as they needed space to grief, however, their son should be remembered for his character and role in the industry.  

"His love for family, friends and community is well-known. Riky’s nurturing and development of young musical talent is well documented, and will forever be remembered. He leaves behind his wife, two children, his mother and five siblings," said the family in a statement.

In 2020, Riky spoke openly about suffering from chronic depression on an episode of his podcast series LAB LIVE with Yanga Chief after his dad died.

"I lost my father at a time when I needed the help. I lost him at a time when I needed that voice. A lot of people don’t understand that you can never replace the voice of a father... When he passed away, I was so angry, so upset," he said.

Sharing that he would swing between depression and anger which would manifest in his music and he would take it out on others in the industry.

"My depression took form in being angry at the guys who were doing it."

Riky burst on the local music scene with his debut album "Family Values", released in 2015, that spawned hits such as "Sondela", "Amantombazane" and "Boss Zonke".

The album went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry of South Africa, selling over 50 000 units.

Since then he has become a fixture in the local music scene, starting his own label Cotton Club Records and also launching Cotton Fest, which is set to make its return this year following a one-year break in 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Riky was also lauded as a fashion darling, breaking many barriers in the way he dressed, gracing the cover of GQ South Africa, Grazia and many more.