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#10YearsofBlackCoffee

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Milestones from a stellar career so far.
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Black Coffee was always going to be a superstar. Destiny? Yeah, something like that.
Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka DJ Black Coffee, was born in Durban on 11 March 1976, but spent much of his early childhood in the Eastern Cape and it was early in those childhood days in Mthatha where the dream of being a global name, took hold. “The goal was always to play internationally, as a child it was my biggest wish,” he explains. “But even now, what pushes me is to be the number one DJ in the world.”
RBMA SA - Where it all began.
RBMA SA - Where it all began.
Black Coffee started producing music while still in high school, but it was while studying music at Natal Technikon, where things became more serious when he and two friends turned their backs on the books and formed ‘Shana’. The group – meaning ‘simply hot and naturally’ – went on to release four albums. In 2001 he landed a residency at Voodoo Lounge nightclub, a gig that got him set for the road to stardom, but it was really in 2003, when he was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy that Black Coffee became a brand in the South African DJ scene.
Now, more than a decade since that pivotal step in his career, we celebrate #10YearsofBlackCoffee.
2005
Launches Soulistic Music
Produces rework of Hugh Masekela’s ‘Stimela’
Releases debut solo album ‘Black Coffee’
2007
Plays RBMA Lounge at Sonar in Barcelona
2009
Releases third studio album ‘Home Brewed’
2010
Launch of Black Coffee Foundation
Plays four gigs at Miami Winter Music Conference
2011
'Africa Rising' DVD Filming
Nominated for ‘Best Worldwide Act’ at the 2011 MTV EMA
Debut performance at Amsterdam Dance Event
10 Years of Black Coffee
10 Years of Black Coffee
2012
Plays first ever Cape Town Electronic Music Festival
Releases ‘Africa Rising’
2013
Plays Circoloco at DC10 in Ibiza for the first time
Headlines sold out show at Brixton Academy
Plays the first ever South African edition of Boiler Room
2014
Resident Advisor ‘Origins’ feature
Ballantine’s ‘Stay True’ campaign gives Coffee a human orchestra
Launches Black Coffee Foundation Scholarship
Plays Central Park in New York City
2015
Takes Home Gold at the DJ Awards
Hit blackcoffee.dj for an indepth tour of these (and other) highlights and milestones in his career so far.
To celebrate #10YearsofBlackCoffee, Red Bull has launched a hero can depicting Black Coffee, this will be available at Shoprite/Checkers stores in December.