Meet Black Coffee, The Producer Bringing South African House To The Rest Of The World
After five albums and multiple awards, Black Coffee - who began his career back in 1995 - has finally become a household name in the global electronic music community. Black Coffee opens up about the aftermath of Apartheid, the terrible car accident he was involved in that paralyzed his arm and more in this interview with The FADER.This article originally appeared on The Fader
In this week’s Beat Construction, a dance music legend opens ears up.
Black Coffee has been a household name in his home country of South Africa for nearly a decade. But over the last few years, the 40-year-old DJ and producer — born Nkosinathi Maphumulo and raised in Umlazi, a township community outside of Durban — has made it his goal to bring South African house music to the rest of the world.
"House music was an international thing for us," he said recently over the phone from New York, during a rare break in his busy tour schedule. "It was something that we picked up and made our own."
After an official remix of Alicia Keys’s "In Common," Black Coffee’s 2015 album, Pieces of Me, was released worldwide in August. He spoke with The FADER about the mobile discos that taught him to DJ, the development of South African house after Apartheid, and the prominence of diaspora sounds in popular music today...