Here’s The Lineup for Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest

More than 100 acts announced for Cotton Fest 2020 lineup.

Cotton Fest, the concert created by South African rapper Riky Rick, is making its return in February next year for its second edition. The lineup to the festival was announced today, and it features more than a hundred artists and deejays. The lineup consists mostly of hip-hop artists both established and emerging.


Riky Rick said about the festival this morning in a press conference:

"With plans to take Cotton Fest 2020 to another level, our media partners MTV Base (Channel 322) and YFM have firmly stood behind us. Through music and fashion, the platform not only creates a great party in a controlled environment for young adults, but it's really more about nurturing and developing young artists. We are all aligned in our visions to grow the culture and a movement to expand the pool of talent in our country."

Below are the names that were announced as confirmed for the festival's stages:

AKA, A-Reece, Ayanda MVP, Black Motion, Boity, Da Les, Dr Peppa, Emtee, KO, Kabza DE Small and Maphorisa, Kwesta, MAe, Major League + Focalistic+ Kamo, Mphel, Ms Cosmo and MVD


Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, P Kuttah, PH, Reason, Riky Rick, Rouge, ShoMadjozi and Skinny Macho
Scoop, Kings of the Weekend Sphe and Naves, Shane Eagle, Speedsta, Stilo Magolide, Tshego, Uncle Partytime,Vato Kayde, Wobbly, Yanga Chief, YoungstaCPT, ManuWorldwide and Zan D


Michael and Co Dean, DJ Doowap, Champagne 69, Capital, Lord Kez, Moozilie, Una Rams, Mr X, Faith K, DJ Zero, DJ Kyottic, Kash CPT, Money Badoo, Smokes, Banques, Ganja Beatz, Deep $, Sean Kross, Lucasraps, 2Lee Stark, Babyface Dean, Venom, 45 Degrees, Windows 2000


J Molley, Slice Pink Molly, 25K, Frederico Kaymo/Cye/Espiquet, Priddy Ugly, KLY, Zingah, Touchline, DJ Slim, Infigo Stella, Beast, Willy Cardiac, Yan Solo and Costa Titch


Benny Chill, Patrickxxlee, Dee Koala, Southside Mohammed, Gemini Major, TLT, Themba Lunacy, The Big Hash, D Double D, The Young Stilo and Flame


Distruction Boyz, Lalla Hirayama, Moonchild, DJ Fresh, Bekzin Terris, DBN Gogo, Killer Kau, Semi Tee, The Voice, Miano Kammu Dee, DJ Sandiso & Infinix, Lemon & Herb, DJ Big Sky and King Deetoy

Cotton Fest will take place on the 1st of February in 2020 at the same venue as last year, at The Station (Carr Street and Nelson Mandela Bridge, Newtown, Joburg).

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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