Riky Rick

Riky Rick (born Rikhado Makhado) is a South African hip hop artist from KwaMashu township in the north of Durban. He is best known for his hit singles; Nafukwa, Amantombazane and Boss Zonke. Riky Rick has since released his debut studio album, Family Values.

Born Rikhado Makhado
July 20, 1987
South Africa
Known As Riky Rick
Education AFDA
Occupation Musician, Writer
Producer, Actor
Genre Hip Hop
Since 2006 – to date
Label Makhado Makhado
Associated Acts L-Tido, Zano
Bongani Fassie
Cassper Nyovest
Black Motion
Agent Unknown
Website Unknown

Riky Rick was born Rikhado Makhado in the KwaMashu township located in the north of the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

He grew up in KwaMashu and then, along with his family, moved to Pietermaritzburg also in KwaZulu-Natal before moving to Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Riky Rick was raised primarily by his maternal grandmother whom he has previously referred to as “like a second mom”, “my grandmother was like a second mom to me and my upbringing was filled with silliness and freedom,” he was quoted by Mamas & Papas.

His parents separated and later divorced when he was a baby; “my mom was more of a friend to me, things were relaxed with her and we could just be silly and laugh. My dad had expectations of us and was more disciplined,” he recalled in an interview with Mamas & Papas.

His father moved to Johannesburg while his mother was an academic who studied fro years in South Africa and in the United Kingdom (UK) to become an advocate. His grandmother was an entrepreneur who owned a tuck shop and a hair salon.

Riky Rick is one of eight children, all boys; he has a total of seven brother, four brothers from his mother’s side and three brothers from his father’s side.

He attended a boarding school; it has been reported that it was there that he started hie journey in music. After matriculating (from Hilton College as reported by the Daily Sun) Riky Rick enrolled at AFDA, The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance, where he studied film production.

According to a April 2015 Mail & Guardian article titled “Rapper Riky Rick rides new wave of Kwaito” he “has been working in the music industry since 2006”; that report stated that he started out recording music with his friends and later decided to take up rapping as a career.

Other reports have stated that it was by Bongani Fassie’s side that Riky Rick was first inspired to make music; his first single was titled “Barbershop” featuring DA L.E.S., however, the single did not make an impact on the popular music scene. He followed up with “Nafukwa” which was a great success and surpassed “Barbershop”.



Amantombazane, Boss Zonke and Family Values; 2013 – to date

riky rick family valuesIn 2013 Riky Rick released the hit single titled “Amantombazane” (feat. OkMalumKoolKat) to critical success and followed up with an early 2014 release of Amantombazane (Remix) [feat. OkMalumKoolKat, Maggz, Kwesta, Ginger Bread Man, Kid X, Nadia Nakai & DJ Dimplez] which also achieved relatively similar success.

In late 2014 he released what was arguably the biggest single, “Boss Zonke”, of his then upcoming debut album, Family Values. In Early 2015 he released his final single, “Sondela” featuring Zano ahead of the release of his album. The music video for “Sondela” featured Riky Rick’s son Maik Daniel Makhado and Pearl Thusi.

In April 2015 Riky Rick released his debut studio album titled Family Values through his record label Makhado Makhado Agency. According to the Mail & Guardian the material for the album was recorded in 2014 but waited to release it, “I just felt that now was the right time to release an album. I didn’t think people were ready for my album last year,” he was quoted by that publication.




Year Title Record Label Notes
2015 Family Values Makhado Makhado Agency Debut Studio Album




On July 5, 2015 Riky Rick was feature on e.tv’s reality show, Rolling with… Celeb Edition. He joined the likes of Maps Maponyane, David Tlale, Bhaka Nzama and MiCasa who all also appeared on the e.tv celebrity reality show. “Being part of the show is a great opportunity and thank you to e.tv and the production company for allowing me to be a part of it,” Riky Rick told Channel 24. He has also appeared on Mzansi Magic’s IsiBaya as music producer, Mandellic.



Personal Life

Ricky Rick is in a relationship with Bianca Naidoo. The couple share a child, a baby boy named Maik Daniel Makhado which was born on March 19, 2014. This was revealed by Riky Rick via his Twitter account, “Maik Daniel Makhado / 19 March 2014 / 10:58 / 3.050 KG / 49cm. Once u give life; life is bigger than yours,” he tweeted at 2:39pm on March 19, 2014. The cover of his debut album has a picture of himself holding his son.