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.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox