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Black Coffee's Music Wasn't "African Enough" For Usher to Collaborate With Him

During a recent interview with Metro FM, South African DJ Black Coffee revealed why a collaboration with Usher didn't happen.

South African DJ, Black Coffee, during a recent interview with Metro FM, revealed that he almost worked with Usher while he was in the US.


The collaboration fell through, though, because Usher felt the song Coffee sent him wasn’t African.

This all happened while the South African DJ was in New York. “While I was in New York, I met up with Usher's manager,” says the DJ. “Obviously, [he said], ‘let's work, let's work, we like the African vibe.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, let’s do it.’

Black Coffee got on the phone with Usher, and told the R&B star he had a song for him already. “I sent the song,” says Coffee. The next day, he got a response from Usher’s manager saying, “No, he thinks the song is a bit too modern, he wanted something African."

“I’m like maybe not,” says Black Coffee with a nonchalant shrug. “I don’t know what Africa is to him, but to me Africa is something different, we're not in the jungle right now, you know. Africa is different, Africa is a totally different place."

"For other people, they still wanna hear the bongos and the congas," he continues, "I’m cool to do that, but only if it fits. For me if I wanna do something with you, this is the vision I have, you know. So, the song might not happen because I'm not African enough.”

Quite disappointing to hear Usher sees Africa that way.

And big ups to Black Coffee for not compromising who he is, as tempting as it could have been.

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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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