Ricky Rickson (Ricky Makwe Basilepo) was born on July 4, 1986 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He speaks French, Swahili, Lingala and English – Singer / Songwriter and keyboards.
In early 1996 at the age of nine Ricky was injured during the war where his injuries left him blind. Even though Ricky has had some major hardships and suffering in his life, it is easy to see how truly passionate and determined he is to live life to its fullest and how he wants to share this zeal for life with others through his music.
He eventually moved from his home country to South Africa where his passion and love of music became the driving ambition in his life. Ricky started his music career in his new home country by touring with a band, playing festivals and recording.
Although things were better in South Africa, he still felt the desire to follow his heart and do everything he could to make the move to Canada. With their knowledge of Ricky’s musical talent and his desire to work in this industry, the UN was able to make it possible for him move to Winnipeg where he now calls home.
Now that Ricky is in Winnipeg, he feels that he has the opportunity to truly explore his creativity. His music takes influence from Reggae (such as South Africa’s Lucky Dube), African Rhumba and international pop (such as Phil Collins and Michael Jackson). Dance is an important part of Ricky’s performance and experience of music (he himself dances and he also likes to have dancers as part of his live show).
Ricky is looking to give people something fresh and different. He wants to move people with his music, and also understands that the visual element of a performance is just as important as the sound. “People understand now (that) the blind can play music and play keyboards and sing, and yea its normal,” says Ricky, “but I want to show people something different... I want to show that people who are blind can do anything they put their minds to.”
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