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Black Coffee
Position: 
90
Re-entry

Questions Top100 DJs 2004 - Becca Antoon - 2019-10-17 11:10

Best known for: 
Bringing South African house music to the world.

Nkosinathi Maphumulo, aka DJ/producer and entrepreneur Black Coffee, has become arguably South Africa’s biggest musical sensation. Known for his fusion of deep house and South African instrumentation and vocals, he’s at the forefront of his country’s vibrant dance scene. After years of perfecting his DJing and production craft, his prolific output of singles, such as ‘We Are One’ for Vega Records, and albums like 2015’s ‘Pieces Of Me’ for Universal, have helped secure his reputation as an artist able to balance club credibility with pop accessibility. 

After first bringing his Black Coffee residency to Hï Ibiza last summer, he returned to the Playa d’en Bossa club this season, in between playing everywhere around the world from the USA to Ukraine. Though his touring commitments precluded Maphumulo from much in the way of studio work, he found time to make the slick commercial collaboration of ‘LaLaLa’ with R&B singer Usher — the latest indication of a more mainstream direction for the star after his David Guetta hook-up, ‘Drive’, last year.