Black Coffee

Origin: South Africa

Black Coffee (Nkosinathi Innocent Sizwe Maphumulo) is a South African DJ, record producer and songwriter, born in Umlazi on March 11, 1976. Nkosinathi majored in Jazz Studies at Durban University of Technology before working as a backup vocalist for Madale Kunene. Later, he and his schoolmates formed an Afro-Pop trio called SHANA, which was signed to Melt 2000. Maphumulo was chosen to participate in the Red Bull Music Acedemy in 2003, which boosted his career in the South African dance music scene. He came to prominence with his song ‘Happiness’. When Black Coffee moved to Mthatha, he founded his own record label Soulistic Music. In 2005, he released his self-titled debut album Black Coffee, which contained elements of R&B and jazz. Over the past five years, Black Coffee’s music label has grown so much that it allowed the artist to breakthrough internationally.  



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