In Photos: Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest 2020 Was Bigger & Better

Browse through photos from the second annual Cotton Fest.

Cotton Fest, the South African music and street culture festival started by Riky Rick, came back in grand fashion this year. Last year's event had already proved to be a spectacle and a great start to a festival that has big potential.

For 2020, Riky Rick and his team refused to rest on their laurels, as they stretched themselves further. The festival had three stages this year.

The main stage hosted the likes of Kwesta, Shane Eagle, Emtee and many of the country's biggest hip-hop artists. The Rage stage showcased the new wave (The Big Hash, Dee Koala, Costa Titch, and more) while the Desperados stage hosted some of the most popular house artists, which meant there was plenty of amapiano—DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small, DJ Fresh and Distruction Boyz among others dished out sets that packed the dance floor.

There were more stalls than there were last year, offering a wide range of brands and merchandise. As expected from a festival called Cotton Fest, founded by Riky Rick, one of the most stylish South Africans, attendees came dressed to the T.

Cotton Fest is becoming one of the most important events in South Africa's hip-hop and social calendar. It's a festival that resonates with the current generation of hip-hop and urban artists, a group that hasn't been afforded the privilege to showcase their craft and shake hands in a magnitude this large.

Below are some photos from the event.


Emtee. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Uncle Vinny. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Nicole Nyaba and Southside Mohammed. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Shane Eagle. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Maglera Doe Boy and one of the hosts for the main stage Scoop Makhathini. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Yanga Chief. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Dee Koala. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Makwa. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kwesta. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Southside Mohammed. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

The Big Hash. Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cotton Eaters

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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