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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

Angelique Kidjo Writes a Love Letter to 'Mother Nature'

We talk to the Beninese musical icon about assembling her new album on Zoom and the "bigger than COVID-19" threat that lies ahead!

The kind of infectious energy that lives within Angelique Kidjo can't be contained by Zoom. Her zest for life reaches out far beyond any screen, and burns stronger than the fastest internet connection.

"I can't wait until we're in person hugging again," she enthuses soon after joining our Zoom meeting to discuss her latest album Mother Nature. Having been on the receiving end of a hug from the four-time Grammy-winning singer, I know exactly what I'm missing out on. "Me too," I say, as I wrap my arms around my laptop, my face squishing the screen. "No, no," she retorts. "I don't want that. You keep it. I want the real deal," she chuckles, her full-bodied trademark laughter lovingly admonishing me.

The Benin-born musician is preparing to release Mother Nature, a collection of songs reflecting our one Earth, and cementing her status as an African musical icon. Collaborating with the likes of Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Burna Boy, Sampa the Great, Shungudzo and more, Kidjo's crossing through time and space, over age and country through Mother Nature's themes and stories. Each track is infused with a vigor that only she possesses — the kind that shares a significant message even as the listener is called to just dance or sing along.

Below, Angelique Kidjo reminisces about making the album, and chats us through her hopes and dreams for it!

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