When it comes to being a celebrity in African countries, there are many talented and famous people there who are constantly braking the stale opinions about African music.
In today’s text we are going to talk about a famous African DJ Black Coffee, who not only made success in South Africa, but also around the globe.
We are going to talk about his net worth, his personal life and early years but also his career path and net worth.
So, if you would like to find out more about this famous artist, this is the perfect opportunity.
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo was born on March 11, 1976. He is better known by the pseudonym of Black Coffee. He is a DJ from South Africa. He became known by participating in the Red Bull Music Academy.
Son of a television presenter and an actress, Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo grew up in an artistic world. During his youth, he joined the University of Durban, where he graduated in jazz studies.
However, nothing predestined him to become a musician, he who lost the use of a hand at only 14 years old. With two other comrades, however, he is engaged as a chorister for Madala Kunene.
With several friends, the young man then founds the band Shana and then takes the pseudonym of Black Coffee. In 2003, the budding artist was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the Red Bull Music Academy, a series of musical workshops. Black Coffee is then noted on the South African music scene and sees his career begin.
Two years after attending the Red Bull Music Academy, Black Coffee released a remix of the title “Stimela” Hugh Masekela. It was at this time that Sony offered him a contract. The artist refuses and then founds his own record company.
Shortly after, the young artist released an eponymous first album, which collaborated in particular with Hugh Masekela and Thandiswa Mazwai. Soon, his music gets noticed in South Africa and gives him the opportunity to publish a second album: “Have Another One”. His creations begin to be exported outside his native country, which gives him the opportunity to play at the Sónar festival in Barcelona.
After having played with other famous DJs, like Little Louie Vega and Charles Webster, Black Coffee released the album “Home Brewed” in 2009, including a collaboration with Zonke. Several titles made with Culoe de Song and Zakes Bantwini are then certified gold and platinum.
In 2010, it’s the consecration for Black Coffee. His set of 60 hours non-stop is worth it to enter the Guinness Book of Records. That same year, he won two awards at the South African Music Awards: Best Male Artist and Best Urban Album. The DJ returns two years later with a fourth album entitled “Africa Rising”.
It was at this time that Maphumulo had the opportunity to play in some of the most famous places, including Circo Loco in Ibiza and Panorama Bar in Berlin. His growing notoriety, the young DJ begins a world tour at the beginning of the year 2015 which will take him notably to Australia and Mexico. It was also at this time that Black Coffee helped Gigi Hadid make her debut as a director.
Black Coffee finally decides to return to South Africa, where he publishes a new album: “Pieces Of Me”. There are several big names in the local music scene, such as Azola, Ribatone and Kensy. After playing at the Coachella Festival, he participated in the song “Get It Together” by singer Drake. This is yet another turning point in the career of the South African DJ when he collaborates with David Guetta for “Drive” in 2018, a title that will quickly become one of the hits of the season.
“Drive” will be one of the most played songs in club in France. From then on, he continued experimenting, remixing and other featuring, with particular emphasis on his independence and the promotion of South African music.
DJ Black Coffee has a net worth of 5$ million. Most of the net worth comes from his records and musical performances, but he also managed to get some pretty good endorsements to earn even more money.
He continues to perform and is still well known around the globe, so we can expect a lot more from him in the future. Until he releases something new, we can enjoy his old, memorable hits.
We have been talking about him for some time in recent months, he is dedicated to covers and headlines, residences in Ibiza, he is famous and with an unstoppable talent, therefore you should already know who Black Coffee is, otherwise we expect this article About 5 interesting curiosities about him help you decide and start admiring one of the most fashionable African DJs. To do this, we resorted to an article by Neolists of the month of June in which different aspects of his life were highlighted.
The real name of DJ Black Coffee is Nkosinathi Maphumulo and was born on March 11, 1976 in Durban, South Africa. Apparently it isn’t, you don’t see anything weird until you fall and you notice that you do absolutely everything with one arm. In fact, in the Brunch in the City of Barcelona of the last edition we look and think something like “why do you prick with one hand in your pocket?”
Well, everything has an explanation. He lost the use of his left arm at age 13 while celebrating the release of Nelson Mandela. At that time a vehicle that was speeding lost control and ended up hitting those present and he was badly injured.
Despite this unfortunate event, he did not give up and gave him more strength to work and be one of the best DJs. Black Coffee has two children and is married to actress Mbali Mlotswa for 6 years.
This year they repeated their wedding with a traditional ceremony, and there was a special dance for the bride. Following this wedding and the bride’s dress, a somewhat “pink” event emerged. Weeks ago, Black Coffee won one of the most important television awards in his country (DStv Mzansi) but not being able to go for the prize it was his wife who appeared at the event, but was criticized on Twitter for wearing the same dress which led to her wedding, to which her husband came out in his defense saying on Twitter:
Something like “you have been criticized for wearing the same dress and can wear any other. Thank you for always being you” no matter what others say. Black Coffee takes the claws in defense of what it wants, of course.
His career turned 180 degrees. From nowhere in South Africa to the world TOP. He began his career while he was still a student at high school in 1994. He sang in the school choir while he combined it with his Jazz studies. During his school years in his hometown, he formed the band ‘Shana’ and released 4 albums.
In a recent article we told you that his great leap was when in 2003 he was selected to be one of the two South African people in the Red Bull Academy, a springboard with which today’s great producers also catapulted themselves to success. This moment was crucial in his career as a DJ. His first topic that became a success was ‘Happiness’ and he explained in his own words:
‘My source of inspiration is anyone who tries to do something positive, something that improves their life, especially in Africa. The history of our continent is very complicated. Here we are used to always having to ask for everything. So when someone wants to achieve their goals for themselves, I find it inspiring.
As he himself indicates, it comes from a continent where things are not easy at all and you have to work very hard and paddle upstream to be someone, until you get it … or not. The artist is present in charitable and supportive acts whenever he can. Being born and raised in such a difficult environment has sensitized him to help those who need it most.
In 2009, he told in an interview that 5% of all album sales of his label called ‘Soulistic Music’ is going to charity.
A year later, a challenge was proposed. He wanted to lay the first stone and create a foundation to help children with disabilities and for this he organized an event with which to raise funds. The goal of the event was to try to set a world record with the longest session of a DJ, and he succeeded. Nothing less than, 60 uninterrupted hours.
In 2013 he became the first African resident DJ in Ibiza. He was invited to click on DC10 at the Circoloco Mondays parties. Since then his name worldwide has been growing year after year until he is in the minds of all lovers of house music, and deep house with a very African tone.
His career has been unstoppable. He signed a contract with Universal, played at the Sónar in Barcelona, collaborated with Alicia Keys and is a resident in the first year of Hï Ibiza with his own party every Saturday, what more could you ask for? And if with this I don’t it is enough to prove his success, in 2016 he was proclaimed winner of the DJ Award for best DJ of Deep House.
Full name Nkosinathi Inno Maphumulo
Date of birth: March 11th 1972
Birthplace: Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Profession: DJ, Producer
Height: 1.80 m
Weight: 88 kg
Net Worth: 5$ million