Nkosinathi Maphumulo, better known as the great Black Coffee, is a renowned South African DJ and record producer. Black Coffee later moved to Umtata, a town just 29 km away from Nelson Mandela’s home village of Qunu. Nkosi lived in the Ngangelizwe township in Umtata.
Nelson Mandela’s release from prison on February 11, 1990 was cause for great celebration. Unfortunately, during the festivities, he was involved in a taxi accident that left him with a brachial plexus injury, resulting in the loss of use of his left arm.
He majored in Jazz Studies at Technikon Natal, now known as the Durban University of Technology, where he met and played with some of the most talented musicians in the country. After graduation, he worked as a backup singer for Madala Kunene, one of the most respected names in South African music.
Maphumulo, Shota and Demor later formed an Afro-pop trio called SHANA, which was signed to Melt 2000, then headed by Robert Trunz. Trunz chose him as one of two South African participants in the Red Bull Music Academy in 2003, jump-starting his into the South African dance music scene. Black Coffee finally made it big when his song “Happiness” was featured on the “DJs at Work” album.
Black Coffee started his career in 1994 and became more well-known after participating in the 2004 Red Bull Music Academy. Since then, he’s released nine studio albums, as well as a live DVD. Throughout his musical career, he’s won 8 SAMA awards, 4 DJ Awards, 2 Metro FM Awards, and 1 Grammy award.
In 2005, he released his debut album Black Coffee, which brilliantly incorporated elements of R&B and jazz. In 2006, he founded his own successful record label, Soulistic Music.