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Black Coffee to Host His Own Show on Beats 1

The South African DJ's show will premiere this Friday on Beats 1.

SOUTH AFRICA–The sky's the limit for South African house DJ, Black Coffee. Coffee just revealed that he will be hosting his own fortnightly radio show on Apple Music’s Beats 1.


“The thing about South African music is that there are a lot of songs that have big potential to be internationally recognized,” the DJ told the South African news website IOL, “Like a lot of the music Kent is doing, I feel like if the same song was by Calvin Harris, it would blow up on the Billboard charts. Because it’s exposed to the right people. That’s what I want to try and do with this show. This is an opportunity to expose our music to the world.”

The show, which will be called Black Coffee on Beats 1, debuts this Friday at 8PM South African time. Coffee will be co-hosting the show with former pirate station DJ and record label owner Mario Cee, who Coffee says he's been friends with for 15 years.

Black Coffee on Beats 1, just like most Beats 1 shows, will be a combination of music and interviews with the biggest names in house music. The first guest this coming Friday will be South African DJ and producer Da Capo, who will also play a mix on the show.

Coffee also told IOL that this Friday on the show, he will be playing another remix of “Superman,” the song of his whose remix is featured on Drake’s More Life, as well as an unreleased and still-untitled song which features Nigeria’s Burna Boy. The collaboration was made possible by Swizz Beats, who the DJ had recommended for a Swizz Beats song.

For more, check out our list of our 10 Classic South African House Songs You Need To Hear.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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