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Riky Rick’s advice to young musicians: “Forget radio”

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 27 February 2017


The Metro FM Awards were just too lit. Mostly for the wrong reasons. A lot of the winnings didn’t add up. The most notable being Nasty C taking Song of the Year beating both Kwesta and Babes Wodumo for “Ngud’” and “Wololo” respectively. Whaaaaat?!

Riky Rick, as you might already know, in his acceptance speech for Best Hit Single (for “Sidl ‘ukotini”) spoke up against the corruption in the South African music industry. “There’s a lot of people that struggle to put music out in this country, and I feel like there’s too many structures that are blocking people from putting out the dopest music,” said Riky. “90% of the shit I hear on radio is garbage. The stuff is living on the internet, everything is on the internet right now. So if you’re a kid and you’re watching this right now, forget radio. If they don’t let you play on radio, you better go to the internet and make your songs pop on the internet.”

We are with you, Riky, we are with you.

Watch the whole speech below, and view the full list of winners here.