RICKY BOTSIS

Live Performer - Actor, Singer and MC

14 September 2017 – Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017 

Red Carpet Concepts

On behalf of Discount Traveler and Red Carpet Concepts we would like to thank you for your amazing contribution to the Sanlam Top Destination Awards 2017.

Your performance was phenomenal and contributed greatly towards making this year’s event a truly Authentically African experience.

Thank you once again for a phenomenal event - I have received extremely positive feedback regarding your performance.

Kind regards, 

Darryl Gouws

Marketing and Events Manager


01 March 2017 – HQ Restaurant Fine Wining with Graham Beck

I recognized Ricky Botsis, who is a regular performer at HQ, a crooner singing Sinatra-style songs. He is beyond charming, and reflects the music that he performs! He is very smart at Instagram too, checking and liking posts throughout the evening! I first heard Ricky perform at HQ last year, when he performed on a Date Night evening I went to with a friend. 

Chris von Ulmenstain, Whale Tales

http://www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog/cape-town/hq-2017-finewining-pairing-dinners-launched-with-bubbly-graham-beck-evening/

 

11 September 2015 – ANNUAL UNLIMITED TITANS CHARITY BALL

We first met Ricky earlier this year at the Grand White Dinner which took place at the Botanical Gardens in Pretoria. He also performed as a guest artist at this event. We were so impressed with his professionalism and the way in which he handled the crowd – and that is not even speaking of this guy’s great talent as a singer!

When we started organising our annual charity event for Child Welfare in June of this year, we immediately and without hesitation decided that we would love to have Ricky as our guest artist.

Not realising that he was situated in Cape Town, we contacted him and was overjoyed when he agreed and even offered to perform at a discounted rate seeing that it was for charity.

Ricky was such a hit that our guests at first thought it was recorded music from the DJ and were very surprised to see the real live performance…..we had several enquiries since the ball and we do hope that other organisations will also make use of this very special and talented artist.

We wish him well for the future and would like to thank him again for being part of our magic evening!

Irene Fourie & Carla Dros

 

Organisers of the Unlimited Titans Charity Ball(www.fireflyfoundation.org.za)

http://rekordcenturion.co.za/58530/raising-money-for-a-good-cause/

 

25 May 2015 - CMH GROUP ANNUAL DEALER PRINCIPLE AWARDS

Dear Ricky
CMH GROUP ANNUAL DEALER PRINCIPLE AWARDS
Thank you for your stunning performance for our client  at Zimbali this weekend.  And a special thank you for going the extra mile and collaborating with Acoustic Element to create an evening that client  really wanted.  The CMH Group will gladly recommend you, as will Speakers  of Note.
 
Allyson Ogston
on behalf of
SPEAKERS OF NOTE

 

11 April 2015 - George and Jo's wedding Holden Manz

Hi Ricky

Thank you so much for making our day so great.

Everyone was saying how amazing Ricky was throughout the evening.

We will get a formal reference to you and some pics when we get them from the photographer.

Many thanks

George

 

21 March 2015 - The 567 Party (50th, 60th and 70th Joint party)

Hi Ricky

We just wanted to say a huge Thank you for helping make our 567 party a huge success. You were absolutely wonderful and all our friends enjoyed your wonderful singing. You played a very important role in making it the Party of the Decade!!! We all thank you and hope we can count on you to join us again in the future for the 678 Party ?!!!

Much Love and Thanks
Nicki, Celia & Chrissie xxx

 

07 February 2015 - Glenys Private function

Hi Ricky

My party was fantastic thanks! Ricky certainly knows his stuff and sings beautifully!
Thanks again, Glenys

 

01 November 2014 - Steenberg Classic Golf Day

Just a quick note to thank you for the great entertainment on Saturday night. 
Ricky, you and Amy were an excellent intro to the evening.. (performing with Amy Larter Kruger)
ts thought you were – Events Manager

 

25 October 2014 - RiskSA Regatta 2014 Awards Dinner

Thank you so so much for an awesome evening on Saturday – I had so many comments about how awesome the guests thought you were – Events Manager

 

03 September 2014 - Elizabeth Arden Untold Absolu Launch

While much of the focus for the evening was the food and wine experience, no event is complete without some magical entertainment. As guests entered they were welcomed by a contemporary collaboration of DJ, saxophonist and percussionist pla...ying light lounge style music. Throughout the first few courses, the sophisticated sounds of Gareth Smit on grand piano filled the air and to top off the evening, swing-style singer Ricky Botsis charmed the guests with his Rat-Pack inspired songs. Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp was MC and wow’ed the crowd with her vivacious energy and even joined Ricky for a few notes.

 

http://evention.co.za/event-styling/elizabeth-arden-untold-absolu-launch

 

22 February 2014 - Kate and Johny’s Wedding - The Roundhouse Camps Bay

Ricky has an incredible talent, he's a natural entertainer & everyone at our wedding loved him. He totally understood what kind of vibe we wanted and it literally felt like our wedding had a curated movie soundtrack, every song, for every moment perfectly chosen & performed. He was also instrumental in organising the right sound for the day & helped us get good rates - the set up worked so well & the day went off without a hitch. He performs with ease & class - it really added the perfect touch to our special day! He really understands how special a wedding day is & he put effort into every detail.

 

10 January 2014 – 50th Birthday party – Opa Greek Restaurant 

Ricky performed at my 50th on 10 January this year and in very short it was an absolutely flawless evening, with the amazing talent & charm of Ricky present.  He was an absolute star & everyone was on the dance floor all night.

Would highly recommend him

Debbie

 

03 December 2013 -  The Silverhurst Estate Resident’s annual Christmas Party

Ricky performed at the Silverhurst Estate Resident’s Christmas Party in 2012 after being recommended by one of our Directors who had heard him sing at a function she had attended.  As the party is aimed at children 10 and younger, I was quite concerned that they would be bored by the song selection.  How wrong I was!  For the first time in the history of Silverhurst Christmas parties, young and old, entranced by his beautiful voice and warm, engaging personality, were dancing!  The feedback received was that it was the best Christmas party the Estate had ever held and all the residents raved about Ricky, so much so that he was invited back for the 2013 party which attracted so many more positive comments on his superb performance. Ricky has now become a requested permanent fixture at the Silverhurst Estate Christmas Party!  I can highly recommend Ricky.

Susan

 

09 November 2013 – Leigh’s husband’s 50 th party at her private home

We first saw Ricky perform at a friend’s cocktail party.  I was so taken with this amazing singer who had such a friendly face and just moved around the crowd with such a relaxed manner, not to mention the fabulous voice!  I knew we just had to have him at my husband’s 50th. 

He was such a hit!!  Our guests just LOVED him!  I think he used up all his business cards that evening.  Ricky just gave the party such a vibe that worked for young and old alike.  The music was so appropriate and fitting for the occasion! We partied up a storm!  So much so, we did not want him to go home!!! If you want something special for your event......Ricky is your man!

Leigh W.

 

2 November 2013 - Wedding – Greyton

 

The first time we heard Ricky sing, was at HQ in Cape Town. That evening, I just knew, this guy needs to sing at my wedding. You can just imagine my then boyfriend’s face when I informed him of this decision, since we were not engaged yet!

When the wedding talk started, Ricky was a definite in our minds. We just knew this guy will bring the evening to another level.

Clair handled the contract side – and she was as excited about my wedding as my friends… what a pleasure to work with. Ricky was comfortable, understood what we want and with only a quick meeting  2 weeks before the wedding everything was set.

On our wedding day, by the time we reached the venue, after our photos were taken, the guests were hanging on every word he sang. Professional, friendly, engaging and entertaining everyone – young and old – it was absolutely brilliant singing. From background music while dinner was served, to getting everyone pumping on the dance floor, Ricky just knew how.

Thank you for your part in an amazing evening we will never forget.

 

Johan and Marizanne Koen

 

6 May 2013 - 21st Birthday Party - Tintswalo Atlantic

I hosted a dinner party for my niece's 21st birthday at Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge, Hout Bay. It was a small intimate affair for family and close friends, all different ages. Ricky was perfect for our celebration, with a wonderful range of songs for everyone.

He truly made this a night to remember.......it was wonderful! Thank you so much Ricky!

Vanya Lessing
CEO Sure Travel Pty Ltd

 

23 March 2013 - Wedding, Simone & Christian - Blaauwkliipen 

It's really a funny story how we eventually came across Ricky's details. I was so intrigued by an Ocean Basket commercial that Ricky was in as a "prawn" and I had told my fiancé at the time that I wanted that prawn to sing at our wedding. He just laughed...

I then picked up one of Ricky’s flyers at a wedding expo at Paarl Mall in 2011, later that day upon visiting his website I saw his past work included the Ocean Basket commercial! Ha! I had found my prawn!

My fiance couldn't believe it :-) Was it simply a coincidence? I believe not.

I immediately got in touch with him, went to see him perform and booked him more than a year in advance. This was one thing I was going to have my way come hell or high water. In our dealings with Ricky the service we have experienced has been nothing short of friendly and professional. Ricky went out of his way to make our day a success andwe cannot thank him enough. He was the one service provider we had absolutely no issues with and in my books that deserves praise.

We had envisaged a partly vintage themed wedding with lots of candles and swing music to take our guests on a whimsical journey throughout the evening. Ricky helped us to achieve this and our guests couldn't stop talking about how fantastic he was, how wonderful the music was and how much they enjoyed the evening because of him.

I would definitely recommend Ricky and his services. His versatility makes him the ideal candidate for anyone looking for a singer for their event. His professionalism and his willingness to assist makes him an absolute pleasure to work with. Your guests will be raving just as much as ours did... and still are...

Simone The Bride

 

09 & 10 November 2012 - Sure Travel Conference, Odete Jackson


Sure Travel Conference – Sure Focus Forum at the Mount Nelson Hotel, 9 – 10 November 2012

Thank you for your attendance at the Sure Focus Forum 9 - 10 November 2012. Your presence and participation was highly valued, and contributed to making this a very successful event.

The delegates fell in love with the singing MC and it was a huge hit. Thank you

Odete Jackson, Operations Manager Sure Travel

 

October 2012 - Private Function, Silvana 

Ricky is a world class performer and absolute professional. He’s the equivalent of having Harry Connick Jnr or a young Frank Sinatra at your event. He has a wonderful gauge on his audience and is a very engaging singer. Incredible performance for small groups and big corporate functions. Having worked with and seen him play, even for our own family functions, I never cease to be impressed at this level of talent that is available in South Africa for clients to enjoy.

 

Larry Gould (of Larry Gould’s Guide to Golf fame) gave this wonderful review after an evening at HQ Restaurant

Gould’s Special Note: The only decision to make here is which wine to complement the superb fare. If you do choose a Saturday night, the resident singer Ricky Botsis is superb and not only does not intrude on the dining experience, he actually enhances it.

To see the full review have a look at Larry’s website:
http://www.larrygouldgolf.com/?page_id=833

 

27 October 2011 - Sh'zen Corporate function 

Thanks for all you did last night to make our celebratory function such a success. We have had so many emails and sms’s and they all commented on the entertainment – you really do have a wonderful show and we were lucky to have you with us!

Ingrid Alexander
Sh’zen
www.shzen.co.za

 

05 May 2011 - TCF Fundraiser Event @ The Grand on the beach

 

Thank you for all you did in helping make The Compassionate Friends Charity Function at The Grand Café and Beach such a success.

Your divine singing voice, rich and effervescent personality as the emcee and main entertainer of the evening in combination with the fabulous music and sultry femininity of the CODA woman was brilliant. I received many wonderful compliments about the entertainers and the evening and I know that it would not have been what it was without you and all your assistance, it was such a pleasure working with you.

I would highly recommend you - I know that the minute anyone hears your voice it is impossible for them to not hire you immediately.

Thank you for everything and the very best of luck for a successful entertainment career, you really deserve one.

Kim Palmer
The Compassionate Friends
Cape Town Chapter

 

Wedding in Johannesburg @ Sandton Shul 22 July 2010

 

My wedding had all the makings of a perfect night but Ricky was really the icing on the wedding cake! The guests absolutely loved him and really enjoyed the surprise aspect of seeing him walk amongst the tables, wooing them with his artistic charm! Everyone has asked my husband and I who the fantastic crooner was, and I was only too happy to pass on his details! A big thank you goes out to Ricky and we wish him every success for his career ahead!

Andrea Milner

Marketing Manager Bride and Co.

 

Cape To Cuba (Kalk Bay, Stellenbosch & Long Street)
March 2008 - March 2010
 


I cannot recommend Ricky Botsis highly enough

We have become incredibly fond of Ricky over the period he has been with us. We here at Cape to Cuba pride ourselves in our ability to provide our clientele with an unquestionably unique experience, an endeavor made all the easier with someone like Ricky on our team.

Ricky is a natural artist and performer who has been wowing our guests, show after show after show, for the last two years. He has been gracing our restaurants with his charm, elegance, and good humor at least 3 times a week over the past 2 years and never fails to put on a spectacular show…. he is a true professional.

You know you are on to a good thing when guests making their bookings ask “when will Ricky be in?” 

Keep up the great work Ricky, you are a Star!!

Thomas Graham Cloete
Manager Cape To Cuba 

 

Wedding @ Rhebokskloof Wine Estate
30 January 2010


My husband surprised me on our wedding day (30 Jan 2010) with a performance by Ricky Botsis. He sang Frank Sinatra’s “the way you look tonight”. Ricky has such stage presence and a voice of gold. He got all the ladies doe-eyed, from teenagers to grannies! Ricky sings with such ease and coolness.

Ricky Botsis is a gentleman and very professional. He really made us feel special!

We recommend him to everyone we know.

Kind Regards,

Carey Boucher Erasmus
Food Consultant
Pick ‘n Pay

 

Novare Investments End of Year Bash
4 December 2009


Ricky entertained us at our annual year end function at Rhebokskloof in December 2009. It was a spectacular night in true 1920’s style. Ricky played both entertainer and MC for the evening and was fantastic. He is truly a one man wonder, with a great personality and beautiful voice.

Ricky’s performance attributed to the ambience of creating an era that was known for the “swing”.

I would recommend Ricky to anyone that is looking for a professional, yet no-fuss amazing star.

Marina van Til
Head of Marketing
Novare Holdings

 

Wedding @ Forest 44, Stellenbosch
31 October 2009
 
What can we say other than wow! It seems your performance outshone ours :)

Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We are so grateful that you were available at such a last minute request. As you know, we didn’t think we had enough in our budget for your piece, but thank goodness we made a plan as when asking our guest what their favorite part of our wedding day was, the answer, 100% of the time, has been ‘the singer, Ricky’. And this answer seems to come from guests from all ages and cultures. They were all blown away. Danie and I knew the minute we saw you at a previous event that we had to have you at our wedding, and you were definitely money well spent. 

Thank you once again for making our special day that much more special for everyone who attended our wedding, including us.

Danie and Kirsten van Jaarsveld

 

Launch of Bride and Co. @ Canal Walk
16 July 2009


After hearing great reviews about Ricky, I contacted him to perform at the launch event of one our clients Bride and Co. 

Throughout my dealings with Ricky I was very impressed. He was great to work with, very professional and put on one hell of a show.

After the great success of the Bride and Co Launch, Ricky is one of our top choices for entertainment for any launch or event that the Greater Than team is involved in.

Marisa Logan
Account Manager
Greater Than
www.greaterthan.co.za

REVIEWS:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Lieske Bester reviews ('It's a Swing Thing' by Ricky Botsis and Kevin Abbott)

The concept of this musical revue was developed by Ricky Botsis and Graeme Watkins, two young performers who wanted to capture the brilliance of talent and song-writing of the (in)famous Rat Pack – and in particular Frank Sinatra. When Graeme decided to take a shot at S A Idols 2009 he did reach the Top 3 Finals – but was unable to make opening night at the Masque on 22 January.

In the nick of time, another experienced performer and singer was found; the new combo instantly clicked, and Kevin Abbott had 12 days to learn some 17 new songs, choreography and dialogue The show went on and had a highly successful but too short run.

Brought back by popular demand, an enjoyable and boisterous romp through the Sinatra era has acquired a professional slickness that makes it a fabulous piece of entertainment. The obvious enjoyment the performers take in their material, presentation and interaction turns the evening into a swellegant elegant party for everyone!

Apart from their swinging singing talent it is perhaps their individual and contrasting stage presences that make this such an irresistible pairing.

The suave, sophisticated and ultra smooth Kevin Abbott is accurately and amusingly balanced by the cocky dynamo that is Ricky Botsis who reminds you at times of a young Franky.

Humorous, evocative, with a banquet of well known numbers – this is a Genuine Swing Thing!