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Since the unfortunate death of Ricky Rick early this month, one of the many concerns amongst fans of SA hip hop has been about the continuation of Cottonfest.

South African Hip Hop Awards (SAHHA) Artist of the Decade winner, Cassper Nyovest confirmed in an emotional speech at Riky Rick’s Memorial Service on March 1, 2022, that Cottonfest will hold in 2022 and subsequent years in honour of its founder.

The vanguard hip hop variety festival known as CottonFest, started by the late UmLazi Rapper Rikhado Makhado, popularly known as Riky Rick in 2019 in Newtown, Johannesburg holds annually and boasts of an elite roaster of performers every year.

Nyovest while paying respect to the late Boss Zonke, mentioned that both rappers had secretly squashed their beef, and Cassper was supposed to be a secret headliner at the 2022 edition of Cottonfest.

This year’s edition was pushed back from the 19th and 20th of March 2022 to the 23rd and 24th of April at The Station in Newtown, Johannesburg. Possibly due to inconveniences arising from Riky’s untimely demise.

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