Rapper Riky Rick from Rikado Replaces Khan in the New Voice’s Coaching Ranks!
M-Net recently revealed that radio and TV star Anele Mdoda had been signed as the new host of The Voice South Africa. But she is not the only larger-than-life personality who will soon be setting the brand-new stage at Urban Brew studios alight in the 3rd season of this popular talent search.
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, off–beat 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 Voice, adding that they are super excited to see him in action on the show’s iconic red chairs.
Born as Rikado Makhado in KwaMashu, a township 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. While he may now be a fashionista deluxe, with an impressive list of music success stories, he struggled to build up a following… until he started fusing 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, won an MTV Award among many other accolades. Then followed his fashion-and-sapper-inspired 2016 anthem Sidlukotini, the Best Hit Single of 2017.
While the music world follows Riky’s every move, the man himself regards it as an honour to be a coach on The Voice South Africa. Riky mentions that his whole family watches the show and it’s so cool to be part of it now. “If the talent at the Blind Auditions know what’s good for them, they’ll pick ME as their coach! I’ll give them that extra edge in presentation, execution and confidence, and make sure their voices are heard!” he said before the recordings.
Catch #TeamRiky on M-Net, Channel 101, when the 3rd season of The Voice South Africa will air on Sundays, starting 3 February 2019.