Black Coffee is a South African DJ, music producer, and modern day renaissance man who has become one of the most prominent figures in the global electronic music scene. Born Nkosinathi Maphumulo in Durban, South Africa, he began his career in music in the mid-1990s as a DJ and producer in South Africa. It wasn't until 2003, however, that he released his debut album, a self-titled project that showcased his deep, soulful take on house music to the world.
Over the next several years, Black Coffee continued to build his reputation as one of South Africa's most innovative and respected DJs, earning a loyal following for his intricate, percussive sound and commitment to showcasing the best of the country's diverse musical traditions and rising talent. He released six acclaimed albums, including "Have Another One" (2007), "Home Brewed" (2009), and his Grammy-winning album, "Subconsciously."
Black Coffee's imaginative staging of the "Africa Rising" LP broke boundaries as he marked the elevation of homegrown South African house music into a world class entertainment experience with a debut performance at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban featuring a live 24 piece orchestra of full percussion and live keys, alongside appearances by Bucie, Zakes Bantwini, Victor Ntoni, Black Moses and Brothers of Peace.
Since his early years, Black Coffee has stood out for his deep-rooted knowledge of the music and natural ability to blend house with soul, alternative African percussions, organic-sounding electronics, jazz elements, and vocals. The music of Africa, in all its wide-spanning and complex history, finds its roots in drums. Keeping this in mind, it’s no surprise that percussion drives this South African artist's sound, a distinctly metropolitan techno with heavy traditional influences dubbed by some as “Afropolitan House.”
In 2015, Black Coffee began to make a name for himself on the international stage, with high-profile appearances at major festivals like Ultra Miami, Tomorrowland and Coachella and in a matter of years he has become one of the top touring performers in the world, maintaining a 5 season running, 21 week residency at Ibiza's premier clubbing destination, Hï [named number one club in the world by DJ Mag in 2022] alongside standout performances too numerous to mention for clubs, events and festivals across the globe.
Black Coffee has also fully established his producing prowess presence the world over and continues to shatter boundaries, most notably following a remix for the inimitable Alicia Keys, a collaboration with international superstar, Drake as well as landing an Executive Producer credit on Drake's recent "Honestly Nevermind" LP not to mention Black Coffee's Grammy award winning, 6th studio album "Subconsciously" that featured the likes of Pharrell Williams, Diplo, RyX, Usher, David Guetta and more.
A stalwart philanthropist since his early days, Black Coffee constantly champions the principle of giving back through his self named charity the Black Coffee Foundation which focuses on raising funds and providing aid, upliftment and opportunity to the destitute and disabled people of South Africa.
And he exhibits equal passion pursuing every avenue of personal interest from the self owned the angel investment entity FlightMode Digital at the forefront of propagating entrepreneurship in South Africa to Black Coffee's forays across numerous creative disciplines including interior design, fashion retail and contemporary art collection.
Despite his global success and unquestionable acclaim, Black Coffee remains grounded and committed to his craft, constantly pushing the boundaries of his sound and seeking out new ways to connect with audiences around the world. With a new album and a packed touring schedule for 2023, it's clear that he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.