He’s an icon, a legend and a role model to many. He has mentored the likes of Culoe De Song and DJ Shimza and is also the founder of one of the most successful house recording labels in the country, Soulistic Music. He’s the epitome of hard work and dedication and a lot of young people throughout the country look up to him. Of course we are talking about no other than Nkosinathi Maphumulo, popularly known as DJ Black Coffee.
Resident Advisor recently made a short film about him.
The film focuses on his inspiring journey in the music industry. Coffee mentions in the film that music is something he grew up with. He fondly remembers times when he was young and would be called to dance whenever his family was playing music. His mother also recalls how Nathi, as she affectionately calls him, always used to say that he wanted to be a pianist when he grew up. His passion for music was thus evident from a very young age.
Black Coffee has been in the music industry since 1994. He was born in Durban, Umlazi, but spent much of his childhood in Mtata in the Eastern Cape where he was raised by his maternal grandmother. In 1990, on the eve of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison when Black Coffee was 14, he was involved in an accident. A taxi had run into a number of people on the street during the Mandela celebration. Black Coffee consequently got injured and lost the functionality of his left hand. Several other people were injured and others got killed.
Although Black Coffee says that he hasn’t dealt with losing the functionality of his hand, he finds his solace in music. He recently got featured in Ballantine’s Stay True stories where his song ‘You rock my world’ was recreated, using only voices of a human orchestra (comprised of 40 individuals).
Today he remains a true inspiration to many. He`s the personification of humility, grace and passion. From his experiences we learn that indeed through hard work and dedication, all is possible. As he says it himself, “Every dream is valid. It is just up to you to make that first step and go for whatever you want to be or whatever you want to do”.
Watch his Resident Advisor short film here:
Watch his Ballantine’s Stay True story here: