It seems that Black Coffee wasn’t satisfied with simply being a pioneer of South Africa’s burgeoning house music scene - his sights were set on international shores. Now somewhat of an internet sensation after his #wedanceagainchallenge took him to the heights of Instagram stardom, Nkosinathi Maphulmulo returns to London this month for his biggest UK show to date, taking on the Electric Brixton as his next challenge.
Playing an extended set, Black Coffee will show off the selections that have made him a big character at home, where a rich and plentiful dance scene is emerging thanks to the likes of DJ Shimza, Okmalumkoolkat and Culoe De Song. With fingers dipped into many pies, including business, music and fashion, Black Coffee is as versatile as he is charismatic, but is still managing to carve out his own style through his love of vocal house, which gives his sets distinctive flavours as he works soul-tinged voices into melodic techno and funky house to keep sets warm and wholesome. Among his influences there are traces of European and American dance music, but Black Coffee also cherishes the sounds of his home nation, with tracks by his local friends and peers regularly popping up in his sets as well. Not keen on delivering Afro-house that is clichéd or outdated, he instead looks towards the future of African music, offering a sophistication to match the heart that is felt in his tracks.
Another graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy, which he participated in when it pitched camp in Cape Town in 2003, Black Coffee has been conducting dancefloors for over a decade, playing high-profile shows across the world and earning well-deserved plaudits in a variety of endeavours. Join him at Brixton on the 26th March, and he’ll make sure We Dance Again.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Black Coffee