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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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