Considering his meteoric rise to fame, it would be easy to stereotype Black Coffee as just another black diamond, a BEE beat magnet out to mine the insatiable urban house-party market. But as he proved on his South African Music Award-winning album Home Brewed, this DJ and producer defies convention. Sidestepping Afrohouse
clichés and stage-managed highs in favour of restrained
sophistication, Black Coffee’s penchant is for true Afropolitan house:home-brewed but trendsetting, fashion-conscious and future-focused. Expect almost sculptural balance and beauty. Black Coffee was born in
Durban in KwaZulu Natal and grew up in the Eastern Cape in Mthatha, before moving back to Durban to study music at Natal Tech where he majored in Jazz.
Black Coffee was chosen as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003 jump-starting him into the South African DJ scene – a decision he says he has never looked back.
2005, the same year as the release of Black Coffee’s powerful debut album ‘Black Coffee’ saw the birth and formation of Soulistic Music Ltd, Black Coffee’s wholly owned 360° label, his team’s home base and the jump-off point for himself, and as time has evidenced for many others to. Black Coffee revealed that his first
album was created using very basic music-making software. “I don’t know how to explain the production stages of my album because all I did was put down the basic ideas that I had, I didn’t use any MIDI controllers everything was played with a computer mouse. He added
that the use of live instruments in a song is also very important, giving a track that final magic touch and bringing it to life. Over past five years, Soulistic Music under Black Coffee’s leadership has built a worldwide
There is no question that from family, to community, to clan, to culture, to country….to the world….all are blessed by the productivity of such creative genius that is Black Coffee.