Artist Profile Black Coffee; Pioneer of African House Music.

Formative years & Background

Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, popularly known as Black coffee, had the most humble of beginnings. He started singing with a choir group in Umlazi, a township community outside of Durban where he grew up.

It is in the town he found his passion for music at a younger age than most. His time with the choir led him to the discovery of mobile discos. Later at the age of 14, he got involved in a career-threatening accident that paralyzed his left hand.

But that was not enough to stop the-now prominent House DJ from pursuing his dreams in music. As he later schooled at Natal Tech, where he majored in Jazz and further polished his inherent talents in music.

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Apart from being a leading exporter of the African house music, the South African DJ also launched his own streaming platform, Gongbox, designed especially to cater to the needs of local up and coming artists.

The DJ also has five albums under his Johannesburg-based record label, Soulistic Music.


Besides being the only African artist to land a bi-weekly show on Apple Music’s Beats 1 where he mixes exclusively, he has won the Best Deep House DJ for the 3rd time in a row at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain.

He’s performed at The Apollo Theatre and Sonar Festival in Barcelona, he has done full sets at Coachella, Tomorrowland, New York’s Terminal 5, ┬ánot to mention securing a residency in Las Vegas and Hi Ibiza and to mention a few of his achievements.

Black coffee also revealed that His song ‘Drive’ with David Guetta is among the top 150 most Shazam’d songs.

He has his name penned down in the Guinness Book of World record when he DJed 60hours nonstop at the Maponya Hall.






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