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Popular rapper Riky Rick dies aged 34

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Fans thought it was maybe a joke, a way to promote one of his shows or lyrics.

They kept begging him on social media to please tweet or say anything to prove that he was alive and that the rumours of his death were just malicious.

But it wasn’t meant to be. Rapper, Rikhado “Riky Rick,” Muziwendlovu Makhado, aged 34, has died.

One of his last posts on Twitter left his followers puzzled and also assuming maybe it was another one of his “deep” and spiritual posts.

No one assumed that it would be one of his last posts alive. In the post he wrote: “I’ll return a stronger man. This land is still my home.”

Since then, the family of the Boss Zonke rapper has confirmed to Drum that he died on the morning of 23 February 2021.

Family spokesperson Sheikani Makhado confirmed his passing but could not divulge any further details.

“The family is still meeting, and we will release a statement in due course. We ask for your understanding.”

Close friends are in disbelief. They do not wish to be named until the family has released an official statement.

“I spoke to him on Monday about a project I was working on,” one said.

Another says Riky died on his way to hospital.

“Riky spoke about his depression and he was doing okay. He stopped taking drugs many years ago and that was never a secret. I don’t know what might have triggered this. But we will pray for Bianca and the kids.”

In his last interview with Drum, Riky said life was too short to not live it to the fullest.

How the death of his friends and Amapiano stars Killer Kau, Mpura Mpura, TD and Thando Tot, who died in a car crash on their way to a concert in the North West, was a wakeup call.

“It has taught me to appreciate people and be cognisant of every moment spent with people because they don’t last forever,” he said.

“It’s really about learning to appreciate people and everything that we go through daily and making time for family and loved ones.”

He also spoke passionately about how his individuality as an artist was important and said it has not been easy.

“Fashion is another form of art. When you look good, you feel good. I knew that from a long ago. You can speak about how you feel through aesthetics and express how designers feel. It’s my other form of expression.”

A few years ago, Riky spoke openly about his past addiction to drugs and overcoming addiction.

“It hasn’t been easy, but the family has kept me grounded,” he said.

“Had it not been for a stable family, I would not be where I am today. I am in a very good place. Back then I was wild in my 20s, I am now in my 30 and I have grown up and learned to be better, taking care of my health and communicating better.”

The most important people in his life were his family.

“My family and children have been good in helping me to grow up. It’s been good doing it with a support system.

Then, we could go wherever and do whatever, but the family has given me a sense of direction.”

In the interview, he said his goal in life was to see his family and kids happy and healthy.

“I try to live life at the moment and keep my family grounded, together, and healthy. That is my biggest priority and my main goal,” he said.

Riky said the best advice he would give a younger version of himself is to stay grounded and be true to who you are.

“The younger version of me was a people pleaser. The difference is now it’s easier to communicate about how I feel, what I like, what I don’t like. I have my own opinion and am not afraid to take a different direction to everyone instead of going with the flow and what everyone is doing,” he said.

“I learned it’s okay to be myself and do what pleases me. I have been helping new artists and for some reason, I am still here doing things myself. I would tell the younger version of me that it’s okay to be different.” – Drum

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Macufe festival bounces back

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The Free State’s popular arts and music event, the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe), is back after being put on hold for the past two years as the province battled to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier Sisi Ntombela announced the return of the festival on Monday as she delivered her State of the Province Address.

“We are excited that our international festival, Macufe, will return this year after it was stopped in 2020 after the outbreak of COVID19,” she said.

Macufe, established by the provincial government in 1997, is one of the largest festivals in Africa.

It showcases arts, culture and various sport disciplines and normally takes place every October in Bloemfontein.

In her address, the premier also revealed the Free State provincial government had extended some grants to local artists and athletes to help alleviate their challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Sport, arts and culture defines the essence of who we are. We will still use these sectors to inspire and celebrate our diversity,” Ntombela said.

“Having witnessed the impact of COVID-19 on the creative industry, 692 artists received R5 000 each as part of the COVID-19 relief fund.

“Three hundred and forty-two athletes also received R8 000 each as part of this relief intervention measure.”

She added that her government’s efforts to deliver cultural value will be strengthened through the construction and renovation of indoor sport centres in Dinoheng, Smithfield and Frankfort; arts centres/satellite studios in Fezile Dabi, Lejweleputswa and Thaba Nchu; Basotho Cultural Village; and community libraries in Tumahole, Cornelia, Bluegumbusch and Van Standensrus.

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Nalzeey aims to heal people through her new single

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Free State rapper Nalzeey has released her latest hip-hop single called Khayalam.

In the song, Nalzeey, whose real name is Naledi Keke Antoinette Mofokeng, is pouring out her heart and soul talking about losing her loved ones.

“I lost my grandfather in 2016, my uncle in 2017, my other uncle in 2018 and my grandma the same year in December,” says Nalzeey in a statement released by her publicist.

“I didn’t get a chance to heal because everything happened so fast in a short period.

“It was a tough situation for me because I had to be strong for my mother and, honestly, I was scared she might be next because I didn’t understand what was happening.”

According to Nalzeey, she went through depression but quickly managed to rise and fix herself.

“This song is dedicated to everyone who lost their loved ones. I hope it helps people who have been through tough times to heal,” said Nalzeey.

Over the past five years, the Botshabelo musician has released various singles including Mamasita and Amandla which have earned her a loyal fan base.

The latest song is available on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer and other digital platforms.

Nalzeey is also a graduate facilitator at the University of the Free State Business School, an entrepreneur and a digital marketer.

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Actor, filmmaker Shona Ferguson succumbs to COVID-19

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South African actor and film producer Shona Ferguson has died.

He was 47.

Conrad Mwanza, a representative from the Ferguson Foundation, confirmed Ferguson died on Friday at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg due to COVID-19-related complications and not a heart operation as earlier reported.

“Yes, Mr Ferguson passed away at noon today. And all the family is asking for at the moment is just to mourn in private. But it’s very difficult, you can imagine, for Connie and the family,” Mwanza said.

Ferguson was married to actress and producer Connie Ferguson.

Born Aaron Arthur Ferguson on 30 April 1974, he started his acting career as Ace in the TV series Generations.

In April 2006, he started acting in Muvhango as Dr Leabu.

In March 2007, he left the Venda soap opera and starred as Itumeleng in The Wild from 2011 to 2013.

He started the production company Ferguson Films with his wife Connie in 2010, with both of them starring in the company’s first TV production, Rockville.

His other TV appearances include The Queen, Isidingo: The Need and Scandal.

In 2020, Ferguson made his Netflix debut, partnering with the streaming service on the six-part series Kings of Joburg. – Staff Reporter/Wires

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