Event – Cotton Festival 2019


Ricky Rick orchestrated the most enthralling event of the year so far in the form of his inaugural Cotton Festival at the old Station in Newton, Johannesburg on 2 February 2019. The hip crowd hopped on the backdrop of the Johannesburg city skyline which served as the perfect setting for an event of such unprecedented magnitude.  

The lineup featured some of the country’s biggest acts including Aka, Nasty C and Kwesta who were amongst the stand out performers. Anatii, Stogie T, Emtee, Frank Casino, A-Reece, Shane Eagle, Okmalumkoolkat, Gemini Major Nadia Nakai and many more were also featured. Cassper Nyovest, ironically, grabbed the headlines of an event that he didn’t even take part in. 

Cotton Festival reflection of Ricky Rick’s character 

The first-of-its-kind, sold out festival founded by rapper Ricky Rick, delivered a night that can only be described as pure artistic expression: It was a celebration of South African music, culture and fashion; everything that Ricky Rick is about. 


Founder Ricky Rick and Anatii performing at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda 

Besides showcasing household names, Ricky Rick also provided a platform for up-and-comers in an attempt to merge the underground and mainstream worlds. This is a testament of his larger-than-life entrepreneurial spirit that has seen him grow his brand.

The rapper told Sowetan Live that he was nervous and anxious about the event admitting “you never know how events are going to turn out.”

“If I can have 90 percent of people walking away with a smile on their face, that will be good enough for me and everyone gets home safely.”

If he was feeling nervous beforehand, he’s probably feeling like he has just pulled off a commercial masterstroke now. The event was undoubtedly a success and the new The Voice South Africa coach can be happy with himself.

Aka performing at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda

It seemed as if he had stagnated a bit over previous years but there is nothing like pulling off a successful event and being involved in a local reality singing competition to give his career a new lease of life.

Cassper’s noninvolvement

Cassper Nyovest’s announcement of his noninvolvement in the event came as a shock to fans as the festival seemed tailor made for Mufasa. 

The award-winning Mr fill up took to Twitter to respond to a fan’s speculation that he would be the event’s surprise act saying “Sorry to disappoint you. I am really not.” 

Cassper Nyovest responds to speculation
Source: Twitter

Both Ricky and Cassper have maintained that Cassper had other commitments on the night and things are fine between them. Fans, however weren’t buying it and couldn’t help but read between the lines of the surprising omission of arguably the entertainment industry’s biggest national treasure. 

Visual artist at Cotton Festival 2019
Picture by Linda

People are saying that perhaps the two rappers’ bromance is not as rosy as it once was. Considering that Ricky has performed at Cassper’s Fill Up concerts, it was more than a bit strange that he was not involved. There is however, no smoke without fire and people will definitely be monitoring the situation.

Cotton Fest was a resounding success even without Cassper Nyovest. It had the makings of a great event and will surely be remembered as a game changer years from now.