Coachella 2018: DJ Black Coffee Starts The Year With Two International Gigs

DJ Black Coffee is taking the international space by storm in 2018. The South African record producer is set to wow fans at arguably one of the largest, most famous, and most profitable music and arts festival in the United States and all over the world, Coachella 2018.

The Coachella 2018 Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual event that attracts celebrities, diehard music fans, and hipsters to the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland  Empire’s Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. This year’s lineup has been revealed, and Black Coffee made the cut. He will play alongside established musical artists, as well as emerging artists and possibly reuniting groups. The main headline this year are heavyweights Beyoncé and Eminem.

The festival will take place over two weekends later in April this year. Black Coffee will play on both Friday, 13 and Friday, 20 April. The Weeknd will headline the festival on the days Black Coffee will be playing.

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This is, however, not the first time the internationally acclaimed DJ has played at the event. DJ Black Coffee played Coachella in 2016.

In addition to his Coachella 2018 gig, Black Coffee also announced on Wednesday that he has bagged a residency in Las Vegas at the luxury resort, Wynn.

He shared the news of his first 2018 residency on his social media platforms to the delight of his fans. However, the details of the Las Vegas residency, including dates, time and ticket prices are yet to confirmed by him.

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In 2017, Black Coffee had a residency at both Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town and at Hii nightclub on the party island of Ibiza. Just after three months of his residency at one of the biggest clubs on the party island of Ibiza, Spain, DJ Black created a platform to showcase an up-coming musician as they perform for thousands of partygoers. He had announced earlier that he will be taking along a young DJ to perform at an all-African event on the island.

After a rigorous talent search competition which lasted for four months, Kutloano “Da Kruk” Nhlapo from Daveyton emerged as the winner.

So apart from his work, what else do we know about DJ Black Coffee and how/when did he start his career?

DJ Black Coffee, whose birth name is Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, majored in Jazz Studies at the present day Durban University of Technology.

He had been a Disc Jockey for a while, playing local events across the country. At the time, he also belonged to an Afro-pop group called SHANA (Simply Hot and Naturally African), which comprised of the trio; Mnqobi Mdabe (Shota), Thandukwazi Sikhosana (Demor) and himself. The group also worked as a backup singer for Madala Kunene.

In 2004, Black Coffee got his big break shortly after being chosen as a participant at that year’s Red Bull Music Academy held in Cape Town.

He was chosen as one of two South African participants which jump-started him into the South African dance music scene. He used his newfound fame and platform to release his first hit song “Happiness”. It was featured on the DJs at Work album. The following year, he got recognized for remixing Hugh Masekela’s 1972 hit “Stimela”. With the buzz around his name, he released a self-titled album under his record label Soulistic Music. The album won The Best Urban Dance Album at the 2006 MTN SAMA and the rest, as they say, is history.

So far, DJ Balck Coffee has released seven albums; Black Coffee (2005), Have Another One (2007), Home Brewed (2009), Africa Rising DVD (2012), Africa Rising CD (2012), Pieces of Me (2015), The Journey Continues EP (2016).

His accolades include the Channel O Award for Most Talented Male Artist in 2011 He also won the “Breakthrough DJ Of The Year” award, given to him in September 2015 at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, a few weeks after the release of his fifth studio album, Pieces Of Me.

He followed that up with the BET Award for Best International Act: Africa in 2016 and has taken the DJ Awards’ Best Deep House DJ for two consecutive years, 2016 and 2017.

Boity Banks
Boity Banks
Banks is a meat junkie, movie geek, and perfectionist. The thrill of travelling the world through writing and editing from the comfort of her desk and PC is what keeps her going most of the time. After office hours, you might catch her still writing at home or running some culinary experiments.
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