Black Coffee was born on 11 March 1976 in Durban, South Africa before his family moved to Mthatha, Eastern Cape. His birth name is Nkosinathi Maphumulo and he is the top electronic music producer in Africa and also a DJ. Since starting his career in 1995, he has come out with five albums. He has also released a live DVD for his Johannesburg label, Soulistic Music. His music career took a jump after he got chosen as a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2004 in Cape Town.
Black Coffee hit the music scene with a bang in 2005 with “Stimela”, a remix of the 1972 hit by Hugh Masekela. In the same year he released his debut album titled on his own name “Black Coffee” under Soulistic Music. The album won the award for the best urban dance album at the MTN SAMA awards in 2006. Black Coffee revealed that the album was made with basic music software. Black Coffee became a known name in the South African DJ circle in 2007, impressing people with his tribal beats supported by well coordinated vocals.
His second studio album titled “Have another One” released in the same year. The album consisted of 12 songs featuring Busi Mhlongo, L’vovo, Kwaito, Siphokazi and a few more known artists. Black Coffee also found the talented Culoe de Song who was the second artist signed by Soulistic music after Black Coffee. The duo got together to produce an afro-electronic track titled “100 Zulu Warriors”.
Black Coffee also performed at the Sonar festival in Barcelona, Spain for the Red Bull Music Academy Lounge along with other known international DJs such as Alix Alvarez, Charles Webster, DJ Spinna, Frank Roger, Little Louie Vega and Osunlade. Black Coffee maintained his consistency of producing music and released his third album in 2009. The album titled “Home Brewed” featured Zonke, Zakes Bantwini, Hugh Masekela, Ringo Madlingozi and a few more artists.
The album won him many awards including the South African music awards in 2010 where he bagged awards in two categories namely, “Best Male Artist” and “Best Urban Dance Album” and Metro music award for “Best Dance Album” and “Best Produced Album” and the recognition from Channel O as the “Most Gifted Male” for his track titled “Juju”.
The demand for Black Coffee and his label had increased nationally and internationally between 2009 and 2010 with other artists signed under Soulistic Music selling very well. Black Coffee was nominated in his category for the best worldwide act in 2011 MTV Europe Awards.
He has also toured many destinations around the world along with the fellow artists signed with his label. He was also included in the Guinness Book of World Records in 2010 for DJing 60 hours non-stop in Maponya Mall. Hit releases were continuously pouring out from the artists of Soulistic Music in 2011 and in the same year “Africa Rising” was launched with a huge concert at the Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
The footage from the concert was used in the song’s video. “Africa Rising” sold a large number of copies in a very short span of time in 2012 and also won the award for the ‘best dance album’ at the South African Music Awards held in 2013. A new club DJ named DJ Shimza was signed by Soulistic Music and Back Coffee featured more artists in “Africa Rising”.
Black Coffee was seen on many stages around the world in 2013. From Panorama Bar to Southport Weekender to Boiler Room and other music meets such as RBMA and ADE, Black Coffee was busy throughout the year juggling between these events. He also entered into a fruitful tie-up with Black Motion and Mi Casa.
In the same year he graced the Destiny Man Magazine and a few other publications. Black Coffee started his world tour from Ciroloco, Blue Parrot, Mexico on 12 January 2015 and ended it at Ciroloco at DC-10 on 31 August 2015. Black Coffee decided to go back to his country to launch his fifth album titled “Pieces of Me”. The album featured many artists and achieved platinum sales in South Africa by the end of 2015.
He was also named the breakthrough DJ of the year at the 2015 DJ Awards held in Spain. He was a prime performer at the ‘Ultra Music Festival’ and ‘Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival’ in 2016. He was also awarded the ‘Best International Act Africa’ at the 2016 BET awards becoming the first South African to achieve the feet.
He was involved in a car accident in 1990 that leaft him paralysed in the left arm which makes his achievements even more commendable. He married TV Presenter and actress Mbali Mlotshwa in 2011 and also has two kids with her named Anesu and Asante. Black Coffee has two more kids named Esona and Lilitha from a previous relationship.
Education: Black Coffee graduated as a major in Jazz Studies from the reputed Technikon Natal and worked as a backup singer for Mandala Kunene with his schoolmates at that time. He also formed an Afro-Pop trio called SHANA along with Shota and Demor before he was selected as a participant at the Red Bull Music Company in 2003.
Black Coffee Net Worth in year 2017 is approximately $2 Million US Dollars
The net-worth of this talented music producer and DJ is estimated at $2 million US dollars as of 2017. With a number of hit tracks and albums produced under his label earning outstanding sales over the years, Black Coffee has certainly made a mark for himself in the music scene and will surely be setting the targets higher to increase his net-worth.
Black Coffee loves cars and has quite an array parked in his garage such as Maserati, Mercedes CLK, Merc Station Wagon and Bentley. He has also recently bought a very lavish house in LA.
Black Coffee Business Model
The fact that Black Coffee started producing his tracks and albums under his own label, Holistic Music along with featuring other artists and producing hit tracks, shows that Black Coffee definitely knows a thing or two about doing business.
Black coffee won the BET award for the best international act last year and also performed at many festivals. In the year 2017, he has continued his busy schedule. He recently had plans to go to the Paris Fashion week with his wife and also has plans to celebrate an extravagant birthday which is just round the corner.
Black Coffee has been an inspiration to many African artists who want to make it big in the international music arena. He has also supported various artists through his label and made huge profits doing so. From forming a Afro-Pop trio in his early days, to having a full-fledged successful label under his name, this South African artist has surely made his presence felt in the global music arena.