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Riky Rick Shares Cotton Fest Aftermovie, Says Next Year’s Event Will Be ‘On Another Level’

Watch the official aftermovie of Riky Rick's Cotton Fest.

In February, Riky Rick hosted one of the best hip-hop events of 2019, Cotton Fest. The inaugural iteration of the festival's lineup managed to strike a balance between established and up-and-coming acts including The Big Hash, Dee Koala, AKA, Nasty C, A-Reece, Moozlie and a lot more.


Today, the South African hip-hop artist shared the event's aftermovie, showing the highlights of the day and a few interviews. Riky also announced that next year, the festival will definitely return.

In a press release shared with OkayAfrica, Riky said:

"Following the highly successful festival this year, it was an obvious move to do it again. Thanks to the support of every single artist, concert goer and even the suppliers we worked with, this festival made history, changed the game in a positive way. We started planning Cotton Fest 2.0 the first week after the show, back in February. 2020 is gonna be on another level."

We believe him. This year's event was a spectacle, showcasing professionalism and a diverse lineup of the country's hip-hop artists.

Riky says in 2020, he plans to bring together "100 unique acts performing on different stages."

Watch the aftermovie below and revisit our coverage of Cotton Fest here.

Cottonfest 2019 Aftermovie www.youtube.com

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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