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Watch Black Coffee's Beautiful Video For 'Wish You Were Here'

Featuring SA vocalist Msaki.

South African star producer and DJ Black Coffee rolls through with this striking new visual for "Wish You Were Here," his 2018 single alongside Msaki.

The soft and uplifting track gets paired with a new music video that shows different couples and lovers who have to live apart. It was filmed across South Africa. It was directed by Adriaan Louw and produced by The Swank Group.


Late last year, we spoke extensively with Black Coffee about his desire to push African music to the world, and much more, during which the star producer dropped some gems.

Read: Our Exclusive Interview With Black Coffee About Pushing African Music Forward

"One thing that is always clear is music, when it's African it is African," Black Coffee mentioned in that interview. "We still have the power and it's something they can't just duplicate, that is ours."

Speaking of its international appeal, he mentioned that "It would be nice to hear African music on the peak hour set, where it's not boxed into a small section."

He also spoke about his positive outlook on this production. "Music is a positive thing. It goes where religion and politics can't. It's very important to always carry that."

Check out Black Coffee's new music video for "Wish You Were Here," featuring Msaki, below.

Black Coffee - Wish You Were Here feat. Msaki (Official Video) [Ultra Music] youtu.be

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Black Coffee's Appearance on 'The Daily Show' With Trevor Noah Has South Africans Celebrating

In the interview, the celebrated artist discusses bringing the sounds of South Africa to the world and his dreams for the continent.

It was a truly South African affair on Tuesday when veteran hitmaker Black Coffee appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

The fellow South African stars shared mutual respect for one another throughout the 7-minute interview. "You have taken the world by storm," Noah said of Black Coffee's career, to which the artist responds, "doesn't it sound like your story?"

Black Coffee expanded on the reasons that he's always stay closed to his South African musical roots rather than trying to imitate popular American or European forms of house music. "What set Black Coffee apart for me, was that you made music of Africa, and the world fell in love with that," says Noah.

He also spoke about the building of a new school and neighborhood in his hometown of Johannesburg, and his mission to transform perceptions of the continent. "We always see Africa as an inferior place, all the best things were on TV, It took away so much from the continent and we're trying to reverse that and create a space in Africa that will inspire africans to want to stay and create a future," says the artist.

Noah later asked the artist to speak about his "Africa is Not a Jungle" initiative—which will provide a platform for African artists through curated shows—and share what he hopes to achieve with his music on a global scale.

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Black Coffee. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Black Coffee: "Music Is a Positive Thing. It Goes Where Religion & Politics Can't. It's Very Important to Always Carry That."

We sit down for an exclusive interview with superstar DJ and producer Black Coffee about pushing African music to the world.

As I walk into the room, Black Coffee stands up and introduces himself as if I do not already know who he is. But as we talk inside the studio of one of Johannesburg's biggest radio stations with his photographer taking pictures, it is evident I am breathing the same air as an A-lister.

As someone who regularly appears on the covers of international magazines, the 47-year-old is no stranger to interviews. Born Nkosinathi Maphumulo, Black Coffee rose to the to the pinnacle of South African house music industry with albums such as Have Another One, Home Brewed, Africa Rising and Pieces of Me before blowing up across Africa and the world.

He recently won the Best Deep House DJ for the 3rd time in a row at the DJ Awards in Ibiza, Spain, performed full sets at Coachella, Tomorrowland, New York's Terminal 5, The Apollo Theatre and Sonar Festival in Barcelona not to mention securing a residency in Las Vegas and Hi Ibiza, as well as starting an African music streaming site, GongBox. He also currently has a chart topping single entitled Drive with David Guetta, making it his second entry on the Billboard charts since Get It Together featuring Drake and Jorga Smith in 2016.

The year has been a massive one for the DJ and producer who is a constant influence in the fashion industry, often seen hanging out with designer and DJ friend Virgil Abloh. He is currently preparing for his star-studded concert, Music Is King, which will feature headline artists such as Swizz Beatz, Nasty C, Ricky Rick, Lady Zamar, Burna Boy and many more. We sat down with the star for an exclusive interview.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Rejoice! WhatsApp Places New Restrictions on Chain Messages to Fight Fake News

To combat the spread of misinformation due to the coronavirus outbreak, users are now restricted from sharing frequently forwarded messages to more than one person.

The rise of the novel coronavirus has seen an increase in the spread of fake news across social media sites and platforms, particularly WhatsApp—a platform known as a hotbed for the forwarding of illegitimate chain messages and conspiracy theories (if you have African parents, you're probably familiar). Now the Facebook-owned app is setting in place new measures to try and curb the spread of fake news on its platform.

The app is putting new restrictions on message forwarding which will limit the number of times a frequently forwarded message can be shared. Messages that have been sent through a chain of more than five people can only subsequently be forwarded to one person. "We know many users forward helpful information, as well as funny videos, memes, and reflections or prayers they find meaningful," announced the app in a blog post on Tuesday. "In recent weeks, people have also used WhatsApp to organize public moments of support for frontline health workers."

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Sarkodie Hits Hard With His Latest Single 'Sub Zero'

The Ghanaian heavyweight rapper shows up with the fire bars over an Altra Nova-produced beat.

Sarkodie has dropped a new aggressive track in the shape of "Sub Zero."

"Sub Zero" follows the star Ghanaian rapper as he throws back criticisms that have come his way from other rappers with his own ice cold flow. The new track was produced by Ghanaian beatmaker Altra Nova and mixed by PEE On Da BeaT.

"Sub Zero" follows Sarkodie's turn-up single "Bumper," which dropped bak in February.

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