Humble DJ Black Coffee is versatile
Black Coffee is about to launch his much-anticipated DVD, Africa Rising, which will feature several top-rated guest artists, plus a 24-piece orchestra
WHEREVER on the planet Black Coffee, real name Nkosinathi Maphumulo, might be spinning, his phenomenal touch always mesmerises people.
Whether he is entertaining a 3,000 capacity nightclub in Cape Town, an ultra-chic boutique hotel in Johannesburg or a beach party in East London, Black Coffee always has the musical and deck skills to create the perfect atmosphere.
His mixing style is versatile, funky and distinctive and has charged airwaves all over the country.
Any reveller worth his salt knows that not many other DJs have the magic to cut the mustard with the right selections like Durban-born DJ-cum-producer extraordinaire Black Coffee.
What's more, he has legions of fans, including local celebs, who sing his praises.
Public relations specialist Linda Moeketsi says he considers Black Coffee a national treasure and an icon on the music scene.
"I appreciate his humility," Moeketsi says. "Though he is very successful he does everything with humility."
Music critic, author and entertainment editor Lesley Mofokeng says Black Coffee is cool and has separated himself from his peers with good quality music and great brand positioning.
Media personality Penny Lebyane also has great praises for Black Coffee.
"He understands South African sounds and is a good all-rounder who appeals to everyone.
"I have great respect for him," Lebyane says.
Black Coffee is arguably among the hardest working DJs, yet remains modest, letting his deeds do the horn-blowing.
His latest attainment is the Frisco Wide Awake Shake project, which features an exclusive show for a selected celebrity audience to which the ordinary Joe and Jane scored a place by winning tickets in a nationwide SMS competition.
Black Coffee is also about to launch his much-anticipated DVD, Africa Rising, which will feature several top-rated guest artists, plus a 24-piece orchestra.
"I've grown to a point where I have done events outside the country with no support from government.
"This is sad because I am exporting South African culture," he says.
He adds that he struggles whenever he applies for visas.
"The Department [of Arts and Culture] does not support me when I perform overseas, though I always hoist the South African flag high."
Black Coffee also bemoans jealousy within the industry.
"I have been hearing industry people saying things (about me), but those things don't bother me because I believe I have a personal journey and refuse to let others change me," he says.
He is also weary of the media. "The media can lift you up or bring you down. I never invite the media. I'm in the music industry for music. I do not want to be an A-lister celebrity."
Black Coffee, who recently married petite actress Mbali Mlotshwa, says he has to make sure his family life works too.
"That is why I sometimes have to travel with my wife and child," he says.
He also has a love child with model Chwayita Mtose.