Louisa Zondo, Riky Rick’s mom, has written a book titled ‘Dearest MaRiky: A Mother’s Journey through Grief, Trauma and Healing’.

Written by on 9 May, 2023

Louisa Zondo, the mother of late South African music star Riky Rick about her journey through grief, trauma, and healing after her son’s death in 2022.  Zondo found solace in writing letters to her late son, which eventually became the foundation for her book, which is available for pre-order and will come out at the end of May.

In this book, Louisa Zondo takes the first small steps into facing her grief. She finds herself speaking to her son in a series of letters and gradually unearths the words to express her love for him, and the pain of losing him. In voicing that love, she tells the story of her life and the experiences that shaped her.

As she announced the news about her book release, Zondo also expressed her appreciation to be able to share her side of the story, and said,

“I’m filled with gratitude. Finally, I have started to tell the story of my life.”


“At some point, it felt like I could not proceed. I desperately needed help. This is when I started intensive [work] which has been painful and healing at the same time.

“Even though for a long time I felt extreme longing and pain when engaging with memories of my son — images of him, a sense of his presence in various spaces, his music and material on the internet — engaging with the memory of my son was the very thing I was drawn to,” she told TshisaLIVE.


Riky Rick died by suicide on February 23, 2022, in Johannesburg following a long battle with depression.

The Riky Rick Foundation

Early this year, the family of late rapper Riky Rik launched the ‘Riky Rick Foundation’ in his memory. The foundation was started to support activism as it ‘relates to the ideals he upheld while he was still living.’

Through his foundation, fans have been able to enjoy the music and fashion festival, Cotton Fest which Riky founded more than three years ago. More announcements are set to be made during the year.


The rapper’s first album is titled Family Values and that is what his life has been about. Riky Rick loved his wife Bianca Naidoo, their son Maik and Jordan. Jordan is Bianca’s daughter from a previous relationship who the rapper treated like his own.


The rapper was known for his bold style and he loved fashion. He hosted dinner parties and other events where many South African celebrities dressed their best and attended.


The Boss Zonke hitmaker was passionate about empower the youth. He reflected this in a tweet back in February.

“Please believe in young people. Give them as many opportunities as they need to prove themselves. At any cost,” he tweeted in February.


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