He was born on 11th March 1976 in Durban, South Africa. However, his parents' separation made him relocate with his mother to Ngangelizwe township in Umtata, South Africa; he led a quiet life in his childhood and developed an interest in music courtesy of his uncle's collection of reggae songs. However, he had a life-changing experience in 1990, the eve of Mandela's release from prison, when he had his left arm paralyzed by the impact of the coming vehicle that rammed through the crowd holding a rally in support of Mandela, as reported in his recent interview. The event contributed to his more significant commitment to music which enhanced his focus and agility compared to when he had control of both arms.
Career and achievements
Nkosinathi Innocent Maphumulo, known as DJ black coffee, musical career was spurred by his uncle's interest in reggae song collections.
After this, he took a further step in his music interest to study theory in music at the now-called Durban University with a major in Jaz; he, however, dropped out before the end of his course.
He started his musical career in 1995 and came to the limelight after his participation at the Red bull Music academy in 2004, which significantly boosted his career.
A year after, he launched a remix of a 1972 hit song by Hugh Masakela and, in the same year, released his debut album and founded his company Soulistic music, through which he released most of his albums. His debut album allowed him to collaborate with big names in the industry, like Thandiswa Mazwai and many more.
His second album was released in 2007, titled "Have another one" his third album, titled "Home brewed," was released a year before he was inducted into the Guinness Book of Records for having DJ for 60 hours of non-stop music. The fourth album was released in 2012, and his fifth album, titled "pieces of me," was released in 2015. In addition, he released a single titled "Drive," and EP with seven tracks titled "Music is King in 2018. He's done collaborations with many artists, and one the notable ones were the collaboration with American R&B singer Usher in his song "La La La."
In his career, he has been nominated for and won reputable awards in the music industry, and the 2022 Grammy award for Best Dance/Electric album was the most recently won. He was a nominee for headies's 2022 Best Southern African Artist of the year. His medals are not exhaustive; they include; South African Music Award (SAMA), MetroFM awards, DJ awards, and BET awards.
Over the years of his career, he has embarked on projects with the sole purpose of helping people. The projects include The black coffee foundation, which is committed to helping needy and disabled people of South Africa, and Gong Box. This marketplace is focused on bringing awareness to African artists. Music is King, African is not a Jungle, Flight mode where he was involved in all other projects.
List of upcoming events for DJ Black Coffee.
He's had a series of tours this year, and his upcoming events in October are highlighted below;
The Brooklyn Mirage / Brooklyn, NY 14th and 16th October 2022
LIV NIGHTCLUB / Miami Beach, FL 20th October 2022
III Points 2022 / Miami, FL 21st to 22nd October 2022
New City Gas / Montreal, Canada 26th October 2022
The Grand Boston / Boston, MA 27th October 2022
Radius Chicago / Chicago, IL 29th October 2022
Hipódromo de Las Américas / Mexico, Mexico 30th October 2022