It’s been a successful past few years for Black Coffee. Since releasing his third album entitled ‘Home Brewed’ back in 2009 on his very own Soulistic Music label, which received huge acclaim, his rise to the top has been nothing short of meteoric.
Home Brewed won the DJ and producer two South African Music Awards as well as Best Produced Album and Best Dance Album at the Metro FM Music Awards. This helped propel the musician to new heights, however it was his fourth studio release ‘Africa Rising’, which brought global recognition, selling double platinum in a space of a month. This was met by a flurry of awards, giving Black Coffee the opportunity to grace some of the best stages on the planet such as Panorama Bar, Circoloco at DC10, ADE and of course, Wire Club.
After playing earlier on in the day at The Garden Party Festival, which boasted a varied line up consisting of names such as Heidi, Roisin Murphy, Soul II Soul, Mr Scruff, Ame and many more, we caught up with Black Coffee as he stepped into the booth at Wire Club in the early hours of the following morning for the official after party. Despite the heavy day party, there was still a good turn out for the afters and tired legs were quickly brushed aside once Coffee fell into his groove.
Displaying his signature sound of deep African house, he wasted no time in making the dance floor bounce. Opening with deep soulful percussions and entrancing African vocals carefully placed on top. A big release from the Innervisions team a few years back, Culoe de Song – Webaba, particularly encapsulated this sound and was a definite highlight of the night. A hypnotic rhythm continued to lead the way for the rest of the night, dropping other soulful dance floor hits such as AFMB – Backup Days and a remix of the classic Mike Dunn – God Made Me Funky. It wasn’t all funk and driving bass lines though, as Coffee produced a balance with a selection of more eerie, mesmerizing sounds such as Claude Monnet & Torre Bros - Megouli Awasse (Culoe De Song Window of God Mix), before lifting the room once more toward the end and finishing on a deep rendition of purple rain, Chew Flu - Purple Rain (Mousse T's Home Alone Mix).
Review by Chris Simpson
Images courtesy of Black Coffee