STARDOM, like genius, is fairly easy to recognise but almost impossible to define.

STARDOM, like genius, is fairly easy to recognise but almost impossible to define.

However, it is a different case with deejay Black Coffee, whose stardom has been proved by his hard work and album sales.

Born Nathi Maphumulo, Black Coffee, as he is known in the music scene, is a star. Hailing from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, the disc juggler has released a new album Home Brewed.

He is one of the talented club deejays who genuinely understands the precise function of a deejay.

Unlike many deejays that rely on other people's music and re-mixed it, Black Coffee composes and records his music before re-mixing it.

What has set him apart from other deejays is that his music is original. In Home Brewed, Black Coffee has worked with people like Ringo Madlingozi, Hugh Masekela, Moses Ngwenya of Soul Brothers, Bucie Nqwiliso and Zonke.

He says working with various people in his album shows growth and understanding of the music industry.

"In my latest album I have worked on original songs. It's more of collaboration and would love to continue working with other artists," he says.

Black Coffee says he used the skills of Ngwenya of mbaqanga outfit Soul Brothers because he felt he is the best keyboard player.

"He has his own way and has made himself a name. Meanwhile, I brought in Bra Hugh because I wanted his matureness and unique trumpet sound in my music. I have been a fan of Ringo's music for a long time. It was a great pleasure for me to work with him."

He also credits his quality albums to his patience whenever he is recording his songs.

"I usually take my own time when I am working on my album because I believe I create memories."

Black Coffee is also a member of the unfashionable urban soul trio Shana. He has been on the music scene for many years and is a prolific producer and club deejay.

His musical career started in a school choir.

It was in this choir that he learned to play keyboards. Since he wanted to deepen his knowledge in music, Black Coffee enrolled for a music course at the Natal Technikon (now known as Durban University of Technology).