Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo who is popularly known by his stage name Black Coffee is a South African DJ, Producer and entrepreneur. When we talk famous South African DJ’s a name that will surely pop into your mind is Black Coffee, who isn’t just successful in South Africa, but all around the globe.
DJ Black Coffee Early Life and Career
DJ Black Coffee was born in Durban, South Africa and grew up in Mthatha, Eastern Cape. In 1990 he was involved in a car accident that left his left arm paralyzed.
He majored in Jazz studies at Technikon Natal. He was a backup singer for Madala Kunene. Together with Shota and Demor they formed an Afro pop trio called SHANA (Simply Hot and Naturally African) which was signed to Melt 2000.
In 2003 he was chosen as a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy, which helped catapult him into the South African dance music scene.
In 2005 DJ Black Coffee launched his solo career with a remix of Hugh Masekela’s 1972 hit ‘Stimela’. Hugh Masekela was one of the mentors while Black Coffee was on the Red Bull Music Academy. According the reports Sony offered him a contract, however he refused and went on to found his own record company Soulistic Music. He later released his self-titled debut album ‘Black Coffee’.
In 2007 he released his second album titled ‘Have Another One’.
In 2009 DJ Black Coffee dropped his third album titled ‘Home Brewed’. Between 2009 and 2010 with a string of new Soulistic Music signed releases from Culoe de Song, Tumelo and Zakes Bantwini which all went on to achieved gold and platinum sales.
In 2010, Black Coffee was inducted in the Guinness Book of World Records when he DJed 60 hours non-stop at Maponya Mall.
In 2011, Africa Rising was launched and had its first presentation at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. There was a live band and 24 piece orchestra in front of an audience of 8,000. The concert was also filmed for the Africa Rising DVD.
In 2012 his ‘Africa Rising’ DVD and CD sold double platinum in a space of a month and later won the award for Best Dance Album at the 2013 South African Music Awards.
In 2013 DJ Black Coffee was one of the key speakers on his friend Vusi Thembekwayo’s tour.
In 2015 his 5th album ‘Piece of Me’ was released and got a lot of criticism overnight for the cover and title identically to US singer “Ledisi”. Musically the album got response from social media as well as charting on iTunes ZA with the song “We Dance Again” he featured Nakhane Toure topping charts by 30 September.
In 2016 he released an extended play (EP) titled The Journey Continues.
At the end of 2016 DJ Black Coffee was named 91st on Resident Advisor’s top 100 DJ’s list encompassing all professional DJ’s. In 2017 he contributed to the beat of the song “Get It Together” on Drake’s album “More Life” released in March 2017.
In 2018 he released an extended play (EP) titled Music is King.
Black Coffee Foundation
During an interview Black Coffee was asked about his foundation and he said “the foundation is something I thought of creating to help others. Besides the fact that I had a car accident. I also have a friend who was involved in a car accident and we were childhood friends. He is now in a wheelchair and has also become a DJ. For him it’s even harder to do things as a DJ. Even at gigs there’s no help, no ramps in clubs and it got me thinking. What if I started something for people from my viewpoint? That’s how the idea came about. I launched the foundation in 2010 and we’ve been doing different things because there are a lot of needs in my country. It’s proven to be harder to help everyone. So we’ve taken on a scholarship in partnership with a college in Cape Town and Bridges for music.
DJ Black Coffee married actress Enhle Mbali in January 2017 when they legally registered their union at their home. The couple got engaged in 2010 and in 2011 they had a traditional wedding in Soweto. They have two children.
How much is Black Coffee net worth?
With most celebrities living a lavish lifestyle where they drive big cars and live in posh estates, fans are always eager to know how much money they earn and if there are other ways through which they make their money. Black Coffee is known to be a lover of fast cars and has a garage with cars such as the Mercedes Benz CLK, Merc Station Wagon, Bentley and a Maserati. He also owns a house in Los Angeles among other properties. His net worth is estimated at 60 Million US dollars (R895 million).