DJ | RECORD PRODUCER
Considering his meteoric rise to fame, it would be easy to stereotype Black Coffee as just another black diamond, a BEE beat magnet out to mine the insatiable upwardly mobile urban house-party market. But as he proved on his South African Music Award (SAMA)-winning album Home Brewed, this DJ and producer defies convention.
Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003, jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene.
When he debuted with his interpretation of Hugh Masekela’s rambunctious jazz hit Stimela in 2005, Black Coffee simply demonstrated how it was possible to re-work the South African canon music vault into club music, creating works that were acceptable to both the youth and the old - a feat not easily achievable.
2007 brought another powerful Black Coffee release “Have another one” which featured amongst others a host of great female vocalists, both young and old, with Bucie, Siphokhazi and Busi Mhlongo. With world demand and interest in a Black Coffee performance, Black Coffee began a new phase of growth in 2008 with a string of new Soulistic Music signed releases from Culoe de Song, Tumelo and the great Zakes Bantwini all achieving gold and platinum sales
In 2009 Black Coffee dropped his third offering, titled ‘’Home Brewed’’, featuring Ringo Madlingozi, Zonke, Hugh Masekela, Zakes Bantwini and others, and at the South African Music Award 2010 he scooped two awards in the categories Best Urban Dance Album and Best Male Artist.
Highlights during 2011 included a nomination for the 2011 MTV Europe Africa, India and Middle East Category for the “Worldwide Act”, the launch of ‘Africa Rising and the four releases on the Soulistic Label including Culoe de Song’s “Elevation”, Sai & Ribatones “Here and Now”, Boddhi Satva’s “Invocation” and the label’s “Soulistic Cuts”.
Over past five years, Soulistic Music under Black Coffee’s leadership has built a worldwide network of exclusive track licenses, tours and agents giving Black Coffee and other Soulistic Music artists their real break into the international touring market where they have become regular features in cities from Sydney to New York, Sao Paulo to Luanda and Los Angeles to Athens.