I remember the first time I heard Black Coffee. After a year abroad, I returned home to South Africa eager to catch up with friends. On a whim, we decided to go see him live. Packed to the brim, the venue oozed with his sounds of home-brewed house and ensured that every single body echoed him through their own movements.
Strutting an emerald green suit, the DJ recently made history when he became the first South African to win a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Award as “Best International Act – Africa.” During the ceremony held on June 26th in Los Angeles, Black Coffee was up against heavyhitters from across the continent including fellow South African artists AKA and Casspet Nyoves, Nigerian phemenon Wizkid, Serge Beynaud from Cote d’Ivoire, MzVee from Ghana, Diamond Platnumz from Tanzania, and Yemi Alade from Nigeria.
Given his humble beginnings, Nkosinathi Maphumulo has come a long way as he has risen to become the leading DJ in the South African house music scene. He worked as a backup vocalist before forming an urban soul trio Shana and moving to Johannesburg to pursue a solo career. In 2003, he made it big after he was chosen as one of two participants in the Red Bull Music Academy. Two years later, he released his debut album Black Coffee. The artist has released five albums to date and launched the Black Coffee Foundation Scholarship which is aimed at helping previously disadvantaged children kick start their music career.
Black Coffee has been confirmed as one of the headlining acts at this year’s annual Joburg Day on September 3rd, and is currently on a world tour which starts in Greece and ends in Miami, stopping along the way in Berlin, Ibiza, Cape Town, and New York. For more information on upcoming tour dates, check out his Facebook page.