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Black Coffee

Born:  March 11, 1976

Birthplace:  Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Zodiac Sign:  Pisces

Black Coffee is a South African DJ, record producer, and singer-songwriter named Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo. He began his career around 1994 and has released five albums and a live DVD. Black Coffee became prominent after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town. In September 2015, he won the "Breakthrough DJ of the Year" award at the DJ Awards in Ibiza.

In 2005, he launched his career with a remix of Hugh Masekela's 1972 hit Stimela. Later that year, he released his self-titled debut album and created his company. The album featured collaborations with Thandiswa Mazwai, Hugh Masekela, and Busi Mhlongo, amongst a few. "Black Coffee" was well received in the SADC region. His album, "Black Coffee," was created using basic music-making software. "I don't know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had; I didn't use any MIDI controllers. Everything was played with a computer mouse."


By 2007, Black Coffee had become recognized in the South African DJ scene with tribal, vocal-laced beats. In the same year, he released his second studio album titled "Have Another One," which featured "Wathula Nje"—a remix of Victor Ntoni's 2004 jazz ballad "Theta". "Wathula Nje" was later released in Europe with "Even Though" featuring Bantu Soul through a European label Realtone Records, on vinyl and digitally. The twelve-track album featured the likes of Siphokazi, Busi Mhlongo, and kwaito sensation L'vovo, to mention a few; it also introduced a then 17-year-old high school producer from Eshowe Kwa Zulu Natal, Culoe De Song who became the second artist to be signed under Soulistic Music. Black Coffee discovered and collaborated with Culoe De Song on an afro-electronic dub titled 100 Zulu warriors.


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