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Riky Rick is without a doubt one of the most successful musicians to come out of Durban. Terence Pillay has a candid chat with him where he opens up about breaking into the industry in South Africa, his love for his hometown, Durban, and his colossal success.

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Riky Rick is without a doubt one of the most successful musicians to come out of Durban. Terence Pillay has a candid chat with him where he opens up about breaking into the industry in South Africa, his love for his hometown, Durban, and his colossal success.

Multi-talented rapper and record producer Riky Rick is ready to bring some swag to The Voice South Africa Season 3 as one of the show’s four expert coaches. 

With his millions of social media followers, unique blend of music styles, offbeat view of the world and wacky sense of fashion, Riky is the centre of attention wherever he goes. This flashy trendsetter knows first-hand how hard it can be to make it big in the music industry, and he is keen to share his know-how with the talent on the show.

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Born Rikado Makhado in KwaMashu, north of Durban, Riky made his way to Johannesburg to pursue a career in film but ended up teaching himself how to produce music as part of a school project. These days he’s an accomplished musician and rapper and has even been dubbed a fashion icon, with an impressive list of music success stories. His style of music fuses South African hip-hop with kwaito!

His 2014 single, Boss Zonke, became one of the biggest hits of the year. Soon after that he released his platinum-selling debut album, Family Values, which won an MTV Award among many other accolades. Then followed his fashion-and-sapper-inspired 2016 anthem Sidlukotini, the Best Hit Single of 2017. 

His following has passed 1.1 million on Instagram, 915 700 on Twitter and more than a million on Facebook. 

While the music world follows Riky’s every move, the man himself is gentle, humble and unassuming, which is disarmingly pure given most rapper’s reputations.

You can email Terence Pillay at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @terencepillay1 and engage with him there.

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