By Molebogeng Mangoale
It was a hot Summer day on Saturday 12 December as music lovers made their way to Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newton to celebrate a decade in music of multi-award winning deejay, Nkosinathi ‘Black Coffee’ Maphumulo. In association with Metro Fm, the event attracted a large crowd of people from all walks of life.
The line-up included the likes of Da Capo, DJ Tira, DJ Fresh, Glen Lewis and Cassper Nyovest amongst others.
Cassper Nyovest gave a crowd-pleasing performance as always, performing some of his best hits and songs from his latest album Refiloe. Later on, DJ Fresh took fans down memory lane with some of House music’s greatest classics. His set- coupled with the energetic deliverance of his talented drummer Jimmy, was infectious. We have to commend the guy’s energy, he really lit up the stage! House music legend Glen Lewis also came through to give a deep and spiritual house set, which by our observation, demonstrated just how much fellow house music lovers appreciate deep house music.
The Kings of the weekend DJ Naves and Spectacula also got the crowd going crazy with their Hip Hop mix. As the last acts of the night before the man of the moment himself, they really got the crowd raved up for what would be Black Coffee’s celebratory set of ten years in the music industry. They took the audience down memory lane with Kwaito hit tracks, their fiery energy and stage presence impacting the crowd as well.
By the time Black Coffee came on stage, fans had been cheering his name tirelessly. His set, which started on a spiritual note, was mostly comprised of songs from his new album. Ribatone and Lungi Naidoo performed their duet ‘Love on fire’ while Azola’s beautiful voice also stole the show with ‘Stuck In Your Love’. Cara Frew also made an appearance, performing ‘I’ll Find You’.
Fans were also treated to a surprise performance from Monique Bingham as she and Black Coffee performed their collaborative project ‘Deep In The Bottom’. Khensy who is featured on ‘Go on,’ also captured and moved the audience with her amazing voice, dance moves and amazing personality. Nakhane Tourѐ who was the last supporting vocalist for the night, gave an electrifying performance of ‘We Dance Again’, much to the crowd’s exuberance.
Despite the occasional party poopers who start trouble and initiate drunken altercations, it was a night of musical greatness, one to never be forgotten. We can’t help but get excited to see what the night of 27 April 2016 will hold as House music fans get treated to another Africa Rising experience.